Since the regular monthly meeting of the Anson County Board of Education fell on the first day of school, much of Monday night’s meeting was spent focusing on how this first day of the 2013-2014 school year went.
After the board returned to public session, Dannie Montgomery, parent-community outreach coordinator at Anson High School, thanked the school board members for their commitment to education. “I am sure there are times it may have appeared to some we were not all on the same side… but we all stand together,” she said. “Thank you for saying ‘no deal’ to those who would forget about public education.”
School board chair Lisa Davis thanked Montgomery and other school staff in turn, and pointed out how wonderful the school system’s convocation had gone on Thursday, which included a catered meal for all Anson County Schools staff, as well as a tour of uptown Wadesboro. “I’ve heard so many positive comments about convocation,” Davis said. “It was great to see so many people in uptown Wadesboro.”
School board member Dr. George Truman added that he’d visited most of the county’s schools on the first day. “Our real asset in Anson County is our teachers,” he said. “I saw a lot of classrooms where students were excited, and teachers were excited.”
Carol Ann Gibson, also a school board member, said she was pleased to see the positive attitudes of most of the educators on Monday morning, and Mike Turner, who visited all 11 of Anson’s schools on the first day, said he could see the staff’s positive impact on students at all 11 schools.
In other business, the board unanimously nominated school board member Beulah Pratt for the prestigious Raleigh Dingman Award, and also nominated school board member Russell Sikes and the Anson County Board of Commissioners for statewide recognition.
The school board discussed teacher allotments as well. Superintendent Michael Freeman said that the central office tends to wait until after the Labor Day holiday to make any changes in staffing, and will monitor closely until then. “The North Carolina government increased class sizes, which means it reduced our teacher allotment,” he explained.
Freeman gave the board an update on current projects, saying that a new phone system will soon be installed systemwide. The school board also unanimously approved a contract between the school system and McGraw-Hill School Education LLC for a reading program that is aligned with the common core standards. “It’s something we haven’t been able to provide for our teachers that they’ve been asking for for a number of years,” Freeman said. “This is basically the first chance we’ve had to put it in front of you.”
Once the program is up and running, the board will see a presentation to show what it can do, executive director for teaching and learning Howard McLean said.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The Board of Education will next meet on Sept. 30, with closed session at 5:30 p.m., and public session beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Charles Riddle Staff Development Center, Wadesboro.