County school board to hold first meeting of new year


First Posted: 1/3/2009

The Surry County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. at the school systems central office in Dobson.
Board members will recognize several people at the meeting, both students and teachers. Among those to be honored are the East Surry High School womens volleyball team, the tennis doubles western regional champions from Surry Central High School, the womens athlete of the year for the Mountain Valley Conference from Surry Central High School, the teacher of excellence for Surry County Schools, leaders for the People to People Student Ambassadors program and the eight teachers who recently received their national board certifications.
The board also will take a look at the suggested policy revisions from the North Carolina School Boards Association. The two policies they are asked to acknowledge deal with student sex offenders and registered sex offenders. The state has required schools to adopt a policy on sex offenders in regards to their presence on school property. Surry County Schools has created a policy in line with that demanded by the state.
The board also will be asked to once again approve the district safe schools plan which has previously been in place.
Changes in curriculum and instruction matters will be presented to the board regarding the new writing assessment requirements for fourth and seventh graders which began this year and a switch in the accounting system for administrative purposes.
Board members will also be asked to approve the new future ready course of study beginning with the freshman class during the 2009-10 school year. The new course of study will require an additional mathematics course for students not previously enrolling in one, four elective credits in a concentrated area and an increase from 20 to 21 for the total number of credits required for graduation.
The board will hear a presentation on school construction, including project ongoing in the schools and the construction of two new schools in the coming years.

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