Superintendent Mr. Mark Byrd, along with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Westley Wood, recognized the Wilkes County Schools’ ESL Department who hosted the fifth annual English Learner (EL) Family Night. On October 1, 2019, Wilkes County Schools ESL Department hosted the fifth annual English Learner Family Night to celebrate the graduation of EL students who, due to their performance and progress in English Language acquisition, no longer need the service of the ESL department. This is determined by their progress on a state mandated assessment that measures language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each year during EL Family Night, a student is recognized for having the largest growth in Wilkes County Schools on the state mandated assessment which was given in the spring of 2018. Congratulations to Kelsey Rosales-Gonzalez! Kelsey is a fifth grade student at Mountain View Elementary.
Focus on the Curriculum was presented by Dr. Joe Bullis, Director of Middle Schools, Federal Programs and Cultural Arts. Wilkes County Schools receives federal funding that supports many program areas in our schools such as Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, and RLIS. Title I funds are given to districts and schools to ensure all children meet state standards. A lot of this information is based on poverty data (CEP). Title II funds help districts to ensure effective instruction for all students and can be used for activities to attract and retain highly effective teachers. Title III funds help to support students with English as a second language. Title IV is a student support and academic enrichment grant. This grant supports a well-rounded education and helps improve school conditions for student learning. Also, this grant supports the use of technology for academic and digital literacy. RLIS (Rural Low Income Schools Grant) funds ensure the unique needs of rural districts such as teacher recruitment/retention, teacher professional development, educational technology and parental engagement activities. These funds are also used in our middle and high schools. At the Central Services level, federal funds are used for our district plan, school plans, and monitoring visits (four year cycle). These programs are essential to Wilkes County Schools.
Ms. Glendora Yarbrough gave a presentation on Communities in Schools and the programs they offer to our students of Wilkes County Schools. They have programs such as Lunch Buddies, New Century Scholars, DanCIS, Sight for Students, and Site Coordination. The lunch buddy program serves all thirteen elementary schools. Volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained in each program they serve. Currently, sixty-five students are in the lunch buddy program with sixty-two volunteers. By the end of the school year, the projected students that will be served is around one hundred students. In The New Century Scholar Program, rising 7th grade students are selected and awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship to Wilkes Community College. Four hundred and thirty scholarships have been awarded since 2001. Scholars give ten hours of community service per year. Currently, Communities in Schools serve one-hundred and forty three scholars in Wilkes County Schools. The DanCIS Program offers dance classes to Wilkes County School students. This program serves twenty to thirty students each year. Communities in Schools provides all shoes, costumes, leotards, etc. for the recitals. The instructor donates all of her time, and the studio is inside the Communities in School office. Also offered is Sight for Students. This program provides glasses to students that qualify. We have five optometrists in Wilkes County that honor a voucher from the CIS office. We currently have three Site Coordination Sites, and they are North Wilkesboro Elementary, Moravian Falls Elementary, and North Wilkes Middle Schools. Ms. Yarbrough invited all Board Members to a Lunch and Learn Session on November 18, 2019 to gain more of what Communities in Schools offers to the Wilkes County School System.
Resignation(s) and/or Retirement(s)
Retirement effective – January 1, 2020 with thirty years and nine months of service
Retirement effective – January 1, 2020 with thirty years and two months of service
Retirement effective – February 1, 2020 with twenty-eight years and five months of service
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On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mrs. Barnes and duly carried, the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustee Appointment was made to appoint Mrs. Kimberly S. Walker. Wilkes County Schools appoints members to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees for terms of four years. Due to the unfortunate passing of Mr. Tracy Walker, Wilkes County Schools will need to appoint someone to complete Mr. Walker’s term on the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees, which ends June 30, 2020. Mrs. Kimberly S. Walker was appointed to the WCC Board of Trustees. Mr. Kirk Walker abstained and excused himself from voting.
Mr. Chris Skabo, Director of Athletics and Healthful Living, brought a discussion item to the board regarding a new policy for Dual Enrollment for Athletic Participation. Recently, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) passed a policy to allow home school students that were dually enrolled in their local LEA to participate in high school athletics. Basic requirements were set in the NCHSAA policy, but each local LEA has the authority to add local requirements. This item was presented for discussion only.
Board Member Mr. Kirk Walker thanked all in attendance for their support, prayers, calls, cards, etc. of the unfortunate passing of his father, Mr. Tracy Walker. Mr. Walker’s first elected position was on the Wilkes County School Board. He was a great leader and an advocate for Wilkes County Schools. He will be greatly missed.
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mrs. Barnes, the Wilkes County Board of Education voted unanimously to meet in closed session at 6:14 p.m. to consult with its attorney (by phone) in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(3).
With no further business and upon a motion by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Huffman, the Board of Education adjourned from closed session to return to open session at 6:43 p.m.