School Matters - September 3, 2014
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2014-15 School Year Off to Great Start!
The first six days of school have flown by and we are off to a fantastic start to the 2014-15 school year. We are looking forward to our best year ever! Thank you to everyone in our community who made the start of the school year a success. From special church services to commission the school year, to the special back-to-school events, and the thousands of dollars in school supplies that were donated and made available to our children, Thank You Davie County!
Graduation Rate Increases Again
This Thursday, the State Board of Education will release official cohort graduation rates for schools and school districts across North Carolina. Davie County Schools is pleased to announce a significant improvement in the 4-year cohort graduation rate for our district. For the past two years, the district graduation rate has been 83.2%. This rate was the highest in the history of the school district. Unofficial results: According to data being considered by the State Board, the graduation rate for Davie County Schools is 87.6%, setting another record in the history of the district and considerably higher than previous rates. Congratulations to our students, staff, and parents for this accomplishment. We know that graduating from high school is essential to success in future endeavors. We will continue to diligently support our students on their path to graduation, and ensure that they are prepared with the skills necessary to go directly to work or continue their education. More details will follow on the graduation rates after the data becomes official.
Contract for Grading Underway
At their regularly scheduled meeting on September 2, the Board of Education authorized the Superintendent and Chairman of the Board to enter into a contract with Eastern Structures, LLC of Mocksville, NC to begin the rough grading of the new high school site, contingent upon funding approval by the Board of Commissioners. The Davie County Board of Commissioners approved the funding for the project at their meeting on September 2 as well, therefore, the project is moving forward as scheduled. The engineer’s estimate of the rough grading was $2.8 million. Eastern Structures’ bid was received last Thursday at $2,632,000, well below the estimated budget for this phase of the project. There were four other bids received and we are pleased that the lowest responsible bidder is a well-qualified local company, and that the project came in under budget. In addition, Eastern Structures, represented by Phillip Shore, has a long history in Davie County, including the grading for North Davie Middle School adjacent to the new high school site. The rough grading project is scheduled to begin on September 15.
The Board of Education has set the date and time for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Davie County High School. The ceremony will be held at the construction site on Farmington Road, just past North Davie Middle School, on Thursday, September 25, at 4:30 PM. The public is invited to this historic event.
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In the latest edition of Davie Life
, a complimentary community magazine, you will find a wonderful feature story, A Summer to Learn and Grow
. This article outlines the numerous summer learning opportunities across Davie County Schools, made possible by a combination of resources, including generous funding by the Davie Community Foundation and the Mebane Foundation. In addition, the center pull-out section is one you will want to keep throughout the school year, including a welcome back message, our school calendars, and important contact information for our schools. Thank you to the sponsors who make this section of the magazine possible and to the publisher, Wendy Horne, for your continued support of Davie County Schools.
New Administrative Assignments
Mrs. Jennifer Custer will serve as our new Director of Exceptional Children. Jennifer will be filling the director position vacated upon the retirement of Elizabeth Phillips. I am confident that Jennifer will provide outstanding leadership as our new EC Director. Serving as principal for the past six years at North Davie Middle School, and as an assistant principal for four years, brings a unique perspective as a school-based administrator to this new role. Prior to serving as a school administrator, Jennifer spent ten years in the classroom as an EC teacher. Mrs. Custer’s proven track record as a teacher and administrative leader in Davie County Schools provides a firm foundation as she leads this department serving our children with special needs. Her compassion for children and passion for learning will result in quality service to our schools and a first class educational experience for the children we serve.
We will also welcome back Mrs. Carol Cozart. Carol will be serving as interim principal at North Davie Middle School until the end of December 2014. During this interim, we will find the best candidate to serve as principal at NDMS. Mrs. Cozart taught at North Davie Middle School for six years and during that time was Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Cozart also served as assistant principal and principal in Davie County Schools before retiring. She will begin her interim duties on September 9.
New Stars Announced
Each year, Davie County Schools celebrates the best of the best by awarding one individual in each category of our Stars of the Year. These Stars are nominated by their administrators, peers or other employees for outstanding performance and dedication in serving our students, staff and schools. Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Davie County Schools' Stars of the Year!
- Bus Driver of the Year: Michelle Sigmon, Pinebrook Elementary
- Transportation Professional of the Year: Dennis York, Transportation
- Custodial Team of the Year: William Ellis Middle School: Dinah Beck, Debby Carter, Dave Dalton, Julio Argueta, Ann Fulp and Wesley Martin
- Maintenance Person of the Year: Brad Hoots, Maintenance
- Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Angie Allen, Shady Grove Elementary
- Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Patricia Howard, North Davie Middle School
- Student Services Person of the Year: Lori Dingler, Central Davie Education Center
- EC Related Service Person of the Year: Bonnie Schwengel, Cornatzer Elementary
- EC Teacher of the Year: Kristine Vogler, Davie High
- Office Professional of the Year: Pamn Collins, Mocksville Elementary
- Administrator of the Year: Dr. Darrin Hartness, Central Office
- Assistant Principal of the Year: Tammy Reavis, William R. Davie
- Principal of the Year: Lynn Marrs, Mocksville Elementary
- Teacher Assistant of the Year: Andrea Cranfill, Pinebrook Elementary
- Teacher of the Year: Amy Stokes, Cooleemee Elementary
Teacher of the Year Amy Stokes in her new ride,
courtesy of Flow Honda in Statesville