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2014-15 Board Meeting Minutes » January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015

Summary of Board Minutes January 12, 2015


The Board of Education of the Wilkes County Administrative Unit met in a regular meeting at 5:30 p. m. on Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Arnold and Becky Lakey Boardroom at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28659. 


Present for the meeting were Chairman Randall “Rudy” Holbrook, Vice Chairman Mrs. Sharron Huffman, Board Members Mr. Darren Shumate, Mr. Rick Lankford, and Mr. Hardin C. Kennedy, III.  Also present were Superintendent Dr. Marty T. Hemric, Associate Superintendent Ms. Anna Lankford, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd, Director of Business Services & Chief School Finance Officer Mr. Seth Prevette, Director of Human Resources Dr. Westley Wood, and Executive Administrative Assistant Carolyn Triplett.


On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Kennedy and duly carried, the agenda was approved as presented.


Chairman Mr. Holbrook recognized Dr. Hemric for the devotional thought and pledge of allegiance. 


Chairman Mr. Rudy Holbrook introduced Mr. Steve Huntley with Huntley, Sigmon, and Associates CPS’s.  PLLC.  Mr. Huntley presented the annual Financial Report for the year ending June, 30, 2014 to the Board.


Assistant Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd recognized the winner of the Wilkes County Schools Poetry Out Loud competition which was held in the Stone Center for Performing Arts.  Contestants from all five high schools participated.  Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  Miss Sierra LaPlante, a student at West Wilkes High School was the winner.  Miss LaPlante will compete at the state level in March 2015, in Greensboro, North Carolina. 




Assistant Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd recognized the 2014-2015 Wilkes County Schools Science Fair winners.  The Science Fair was held in the Stone Center of Performing Arts in November.  All first place finalists competed in the Regional Science Fair on December 16, 2014 at Appalachian State University.


Elementary Division:


Caroline Jackson                       Does Age Affect Memory                       Wilkesboro Elementary


Landon Patterson                      Strength of Bridges                                          Boomer-Ferguson Elementary


Haley Ward,                              “Hot Dogs, Cool Tricks”                          Ronda-Clingman Elementary

Salem Sparks,

& Taner Estes                           Mom Says, “Drink Water!”                      Mt. Pleasant Elementary

                                                What is Wrong with Soda?


Lucas Berrier                            Mind Your Colors                                   Traphill Elementary


Robert Myers                            Peppermint Each Day Keeps                  Ronda-Clingman Elementary


Claudia Welborn                        The Stink Bugs Away                

                                                The Bouba-Kiki Effect                            Wilkesboro Elementary


Presley Barker                          “Family Fingerprints” Are                        Ronda-Clingman Elementary

                                                Fingerprints Inherited


Zane Lovette                             Does Color Affect Memory                      Roaring River Elementary


Grace Harrison                          Does Covering Your Mouth                     Traphill Elementary

                                                Rally Prevent the Spread           

                                                Of Germs


Nathaniel Burchette                   A Battery That Makes Cents                   Ronda-Clingman Elementary


Chance Mastin                          Bounce University                                  Traphill Elementary       








Middle School Division-First Place


Samuel Lewczyk,                      Man vs. Fish-Battle for Oxygen               West Wilkes Middle

Evan Hamby, &

Landon Starr


Caroline Huffman                      HOT Proteins                                        East Wilkes Middle


Lizzie Shew                               Does Coke Hold Carbonation

                                                Longer Than Diet Coke                          East Wilkes Middle


Dylan Ward and                         Food vs. Fuel                                        East Wilkes Middle


Camron Somers

Hannah Gentry                          Exploding Watermelons                         East Wilkes Middle


James Burcham                        Analyzing the Sweet Zone                      East Wilkes Middle

                                                In BBCor Bat


Second Place


Sydney McManus                      Colorful Minds                                       Central Wilkes Middle


Brooklyn Mounce and                On Pointe                                             East Wilkes Middle

Bailey Johnson


Madison German                       Got a Headache?                                  Central Wilkes Middle


Daniel Durham                          Softening Tires                                      East Wilkes Middle


Carrie Lowe                              Does Surface Affect How High                Central Wilkes Middle

                                                A Basketball Will Bounce


Jake Myers                               The Big Bad Wolf and Erosion                East Wilkes Middle

                                                Control Using Straw, Wood and

.                                               Rocks to Protect the Soil









High School Division-First Place


Katheryn McGuire                      The Relationship Between Personality     East Wilkes High

                                                And Intelligence


Michael Godfrey                        Winter Splash                                        Wilkes Early College


Amber Godfrey and                   Shake It Up                                           Wilkes Central High

Brooke Bentley


Jacob Perry and                        It’s Not Rocket Science                          Wilkes Early College

Ian Byrd


Sergei Miles                              The Golden Ratio                                  Wilkes Central High


Second Place


Angela Huie                              Photography vs. Painting/Drawing           West Wilkes High

                                                Which Causes the Strongest

                                                Emotional Response


Daniel Parker and                      Does the PH of the Liquid Used to           Wilkes Early College

Chandler Reece                        Swallow Ibuprofen Affect Its



Levi Vestal and                          Noise Barrier                                         Wilkes Central High

Kaitlyn Sullivan 



Assistant Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd recognized the Wilkes County Hall of Fame Grant Recipients.  Over $8,000.00 in grant monies are awarded to be spent in the area of the arts and athletics in Wilkes County Schools. The awardees are:


Gilda Aita                      Inkle Loom Weaving                              CWMS Visual Art Department


Scott Bryan                   Building a Tradition                                WWMS Volleyball Team


Anita Wingler                 NoteKnacks Rhythm Manipulatives         Wilkesboro Elementary

                                                                                                Boomer-Ferguson Elementary 

                                                                                                Moravian Falls Elementary


Elizabeth Horrell            Flint Hill Beanstalk Adventure                 North Wilkesboro Elementary


Hall of Fame Grant Recipients, (continued)


Robert Weddington        Community Arts, Music and                    Traphill Elementary

                                    Physical Education Gala            

Connie Ledford             Musical Art Instruments                         Millers Creek Art Club


Kat Romanish                General Supplies                                   Moravian Falls Elementary

                                                                                                Boomer-Ferguson Elementary

                                                                                                Wilkesboro Elementary


Scott Waugh                 Playing SMARTer                                  WCHS PE Program


Michelle Franklin           Building a Bridge to Literacy;                  Ronda-Clingman Elementary

                                    Children’s Literature Library                    CB Eller Elementary

                                                                                                Roaring River Elementary



Assistant Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd recognized the following teachers for their accomplishments in achieving and receiving National Board Certification.


Carol Huffman               Millers Creek Elementary School             Music

Michelle Roberts,          Wilkes Central High School                    Art

Teresa Watkins,            North Wilkes High School                       Career and Technical Education


Focus on the Curriculum was presented by Principal, Dion Stocks, from the Wilkes Early College High School.  Wilkes Early College High School opened its doors to students in August, 2009 with the goal for students to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from Wilkes Community College within five years.  Wilkes Early College High school has provided students of Wilkes County a unique opportunity and has many success stories.


Chairman Mr. Holbrook asked if anyone had signed up for public comments.  No one had signed up.


On a motion by Mr. Lankford, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried, the minutes were approved as presented.


On a motion by Mr. Kennedy, seconded by Mr. Lankford and duly carried, the following Personnel Report and Blue Sheet were approved.



Jody Freeman               From Student Success Coordinator – West Wilkes High School

To – Gear Up Coordinator – Central Office


Kelsey Williams             From Counselor – Traphill Elementary School

To – Gear Up Coordinator – Central Office



On a motion by Mr. Kennedy, seconded by Mrs. Huffman and duly carried, the Budget Amendments were approved as presented.


On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Kennedy and duly carried, the following Out-of-County/Overnight Field Trips were approved as presented.



School                                    Group                                 Destination                                         Dates

East Wilkes High                 Beta Club                             Greensboro, NC                  02/06/2015  -   02/07/2015

North Wilkes High               Beta Club                            Greensboro, NC                  02/06/2015  -   02/07/2015

Wilkes Central High            AFJROTC                            Hampton, VA                     04/06/2015  -   04/11/2015



On a motion by Mr. Kennedy, seconded by Mr. Lankford and duly carried the New Board Policy on Epinephrine Auto-Injectors was approved as presented.


Chairman Mr. Rudy Holbrook made the following announcements:



January 16, 2015 – Second Grading Period Ends

January 19, 2015 – Martin Luther King Holiday

January 20, 2015 – Optional Workday

January 21, 2015 – Required Workday

January 22, 2015 – Third Grading Period Begins



Chairman Mr. Rudy Holbrook announced the next Board meeting will be February 2, 2015 5:30 p.m. at North Wilkes Middle School/Media Center 2776 Yellow Banks Road, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.


On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried, there being no further business, the Board adjourned at 6:34 p.m.