Vance student wins state drawing contest

The Vance County Board of Education met Monday at the 7 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center.

Chairman Tommy Riddle called the meeting to order. All members were present.

A special guest, Artez Ragland and his mother, were recognized. Out of 5,000 entries, Artez was the winner in the Drawing of the State Flower contest sponsored by Scott’s Miracle Drug Co. As the winner, he received a plaque, $250, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington in September.

January is the month that is designated as National School Board Association Month. In honoring the Vance County School Board members, Mollie Scerbo presented students from ten elementary schools who then presented a special star to each member. The group then sang “Catch a Falling Star” to the enjoyment of all. These students are part of the Day Care Program that is at each of the 11 elementary schools. Vance County received a 3 Star Rating for the Day Care Program at each school.

Superintendent Norm Shearin presented the Attendance Awards. New Hope Elementary School with a 97.03% won the award for the fourth month of school. With a 93.45% attendance, Northern Vance High won the secondary school award.

School Board members are encouraged to take classes and attend seminars so that they can better do their job. Three members were recognized. Robert Duke received Advanced Achievement for 300 hours of study. Margaret Ellis received the Award of Distinction for 500 hours, and Emeron Cash received the Diploma of Honor for 600 hours.

Once again the Salvation Army Food Drive was a success. Fourteen schools participated in gathering 15,488 food items that were given to the Salvation Army to be distributed to the needy.

As Finance Committee chairman, Duke presented applications totaling $534,631 for the Public School Building Capital Fund. The motion to accept these applications were accepted by a 7-0 vote.

Riddle as Building and Grounds chairman reported that a $5,668 check has been received from ESG for overcharges.

Cash as Curriculum chairman reported that the high schools are working on the standards and alignment for summer reading. Notification of the SAT Study Course is needed for students and parents.

As Community Relations chairwoman,Margaret Ellis reported that Progress Energy has been selected as the recipient of the 2005-2006 Shining Moment in Education Award.

Volunteer hours for November and December showed that 401 volunteers provided 2,202 hours of their time in November, and 415 volunteers provided 1,551 hours of their time in December to help our schools.

Plans are being made for a Second Community Forum on Education to be held in
early March.

Parent Surveys in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be passed out or mailed in March
to seek imput from parents.

Three overnight field trip requests were approved by a 7-0 vote.

Because there was no new business, the board adjourned into executive session to discuss property, legal and personnel matters.