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Guilford County Board Recognized for Outstanding Support of the Arts

Guilford County Board Recognized for Outstanding Support of the Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awarded the Guilford County Schools Board of Education with the 30th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented at the NSBA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Guilford County school board was chosen from nominees around the country for its support of high-quality arts education.

On hand to receive the award were Guilford County Board Chair Alan Duncan, Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras, and Director of Fine Arts Dr. Nathan Street. “We are pleased to recognize the Guilford County Schools Board of Education for its dedication to providing a quality arts education for all students,” said Mario R. Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center. “Through our work in schools across the country, we see that learning in and through the arts is a crucial component of every child’s educational journey.”

Board Chair Alan Duncan receives the award.

Arts education continues to be the centerpiece of a comprehensive, holistic education for all students in Guilford County Schools. The board has shown a strong commitment to the arts by allocating a significant percentage of the district budget to the arts despite economic setbacks, executing extensive impact evaluation work, and dedicating significant resources toward the expansion of professional development opportunities for teachers. Additional commitments include ensuring all third-, fourth-, and seventh-grade students experience the symphony for free each year, and ensuring all fifth-grade students experience the opera. Additionally, the district provides artists-in-residence to fourth-grade classrooms to teach history through art. Through these efforts, the district has seen an increase of arts enrollment from 70 % in 2008 to 82.1% in 2017.

The district is committed to a wide variety of arts partnerships and, with significant input from all stakeholders, has developed an Arts Master Plan that will continue the path for a strong commitment for the arts in the district, with goals regarding policy; professional development; community engagement; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and data-driven decision making. The Guilford County Schools Board of Education intends to use its award to continue funding and enhancing arts education opportunities districtwide.

Each year, a national review panel selects the recipient school board from a pool of nominees from across the country. School boards selected for this national honor must demonstrate support for four of the five core disciplines in arts education programs: visual arts, music, theater, dance, and media arts. Instruction and programming must be available for all students throughout the district. The ways in which the school board develops collaborative partnerships with the cultural resources available in the community are also important considerations in reviewing nominations.

 

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Rowan-Salisbury Recognized in Digital School Districts Survey Award

Rowan-Salisbury Recognized in Digital School Districts Survey Award

Congratulations to the Rowan-Salisbury School District for recognition as a 2017-18 Digital School Districts Survey award winner. Now in its 14th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize the commendable use of technology by school boards and districts and is jointly sponsored by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the Center of Digital Education. Recipients received their awards during the NSBA annual conference.

“This survey data has proven to be beneficial in districts throughout the country,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “We look forward to sharing our results in the Digital School Districts report and having this survey become the benchmark for which districts measure their digital transformation.” “School boards are embracing technology initiatives that help them govern more effectively and empower their districts to operate more efficiently,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director and chief executive officer for the National School Boards Association. “The variety of districts recognized by this survey in both size and urbanicity serve as examples for others who want to introduce innovative approaches within their communities.”

A complete list of school districts honored can be found here.

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GCS Chief of Staff Wins Top Honor

GCS Chief of Staff Wins Top Honor

Nora Carr, chief of staff for Guilford County Schools, has been awarded the Barry Gaskins Outstanding Service Award by the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA). The award is named in memory of Pitt County Schools’ first public information officer and is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by NCSPRA. Carr received the recognition during NCSPRA’s Blue Ribbon Awards Brunch in Greensboro.

Left to right: Chris Fuller, NCSPRA Executive Director; Todd Hagans, NCSPRA President; Nora Carr, GCS Chief of Staff and Gaskins Award recipient; Cyndi Shah-Khan, Union Academy and Patricia Hollingsworth, NCSPRA Vice-President

Highly regarded for her experience in strategic planning, communications, and organizational development, Carr has dedicated most of her communications career to school public relations. Her expertise was requested following the deadly shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 and in 2013 to assist in Moore, Ok., after devastating tornadoes hit the area. Carr led communications and media relations efforts after both tragedies.

She has won more than 200 state, local and national awards for communications excellence. In 2008, she was accepted into the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows, an honor bestowed only on the nation’s leading public relations professionals. She also served as president of the National School Public Relations Association.

“I am proud of the work we do as public relations professionals,” Carr said. “We are driven because our kids are worth fighting for, public education is worth fighting for and our democracy is worth fighting for. Our educators are heroes and if we don’t tell our stories, who will?”

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Student Video Contests

Student Video Contests

NCSBA recognized the winners of the middle school and high school video contests. Students were asked to create 45- to 60-second videos around the theme, What’s Super about Public Schools? Recognition was given during the NCSBA Annual Conference for Board Member Development held in Greensboro November 13-15.

This year was NCSBA’s third middle school video contest and had 19 entries. First place went to the team from Rochelle Middle School, Lenoir County for RMS Public School Rap. Second place went to Contentnea-Savannah School and third place to Woodington Middle School, also in Lenoir County. Each group received a certificate and a Visa gift card for the class to be presented during an upcoming local school board meeting.

The high school video contest teams placing first, second, and third attended the awards ceremony. Each group knew they had placed, but the order was not revealed until the ceremony presentation.

The submission from Nash Central High School, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools won the first-place trophy and a $3,000 cash prize for their school. The second-place winners were from Southern Nash High School, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools; they received a trophy and $2,000 cash prize for their school. In third place was the video from West Columbus High School, Columbus County, winning a trophy and $1,000 cash prize for their school. In addition, judges identified 10 additional videos to receive honorable mention.


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2017 Elementary Poster Contest

2017 Elementary Poster Contest

NCSBA recognized the winners of the 2017 elementary school poster contest. Students were asked to create posters around the theme, What’s Super about Public Schools? Recognition was given during the NCSBA Annual Conference for Board Member Development held in Greensboro November 13-15.

De’Asia Smith, a second grader from Scotland Neck Elementary, Halifax County, took first place for the K-2 grade category of the student poster contest. Suzanne Williford, a fourth grader from Hobbton Elementary, Sampson County, won first place for the Grades 3-5 category. Second place went to Raye Tilghman, a second grader from  Contentnea-Savannah School, Lenoir County and Isaiah Bromell, a fourth grader from Evergreen Elementary, Columbus County. Third place went to Samantha Williams, a second grader from Elm City Elementary, Wilson County and Candace Johnson, a fifth grader from Contentnea-Savannah School, Lenoir County. Each student received a certificate and gift to be presented during an upcoming local school board meeting.

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Warren County Board Member Wins Prestigious Award

Warren County Board Member Wins Prestigious Award

Roberta Scott of the Warren County Board of Education is the 2017 recipient of the Raleigh Dingman Award for Outstanding Boardsmanship. To receive this esteemed award, which is given annually by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board member must be peer-nominated by their local school board.

“This board member has enjoyed a rich career in educational service, including serving as a public school teacher, reading/English teacher for U.S. military personnel, adult high school program coordinator for the community college, and a school board member,” said NCSBA Executive Director Ed Dunlap during the announcement. Scott has devoted more than 50 years to the field of education. She is a dedicated advocate for providing a quality, equitable education to all students and has worked tirelessly for students both locally and across the state as an NCSBA past president.

The Raleigh Dingman Award is the highest honor bestowed on a North Carolina school board member. The award is named in honor of Dr. Raleigh Dingman, the Association’s first full-time executive director, and was first presented at the 1981 annual conference. In 2002 legislation was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that provides for the Raleigh Dingman Award winner to serve as an ex officio advisor to the state board of education and to attend meetings and participate in deliberations of the state board. Scott will serve in this capacity.

In recognition of their outstanding service as board of education members, the following board members were selected for the honorary All-State School Board. These individuals have made significant contributions to their school systems during their tenure and were peer-nominated for the Raleigh Dingman Award or the School Board Leadership Award, which was won by Chris Wilson, Camden County. All-State Board Members are: Eltha Booth, Beaufort County; Shearra Miller, Cleveland County; Christian Overton, Camden County; Dr. George Truman, Anson County; Barbara Yates-Lockamy, Columbus County; and Bob Wyatt, Rockingham County.

 

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2018 A. Craig Phillips NC Superintendent of the Year

2018 A. Craig Phillips NC Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Janet Harmon Mason, Superintendent of Rutherford County Schools, was named the 2018 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year at the NCSBA awards presentation and reception held Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The award was given jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), North Carolina School Superintendents Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). Scholastic sponsored the event and provided $5,000 in recognition of Dr. Mason’s achievements. Mason was nominated for the state honor after being named District VIII’s 2018 North Carolina Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Western Regional Education Service Alliance.

“Dr. Janet Mason’s vision for digital learning and digital leadership has guided her district to the forefront statewide in these areas. She works tirelessly to improve public education for students, staff and her community as a whole, and is well-respected among her peers for her outstanding leadership. She is most deserving of this honor,” said Jack Hoke, Executive Director of NCSSA.

As the 2018 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Mason will compete on the national level for Superintendent of the Year at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education, held February 15-17, 2018 in Nashville, TN.

The 2018 North Carolina Regional Superintendents of the Year, all of whom were nominees for this prestigious state award and were recognized as such at the Nov. 14 ceremony, included:

  • Region 1 | Northeast | Dr. Rob Jackson, Edenton-Chowan Public Schools
  • Region 2 | Southeast | Dr. Eric Bracy, Sampson County Schools
  • Region 3 | Central | Dr. Ethan Lenker, Pitt County Schools
  • Region 4 | Sandhills | Mr. Michael Freeman, Anson County Schools
  • Region 5 | Piedmont/Triad | Dr. Travis Reeves, Surry County Schools
  • Region 6 | Southwest | Dr. Stephen Fisher, Cleveland County Schools
  • Region 7 | Northwest | Dr. David Stegall, Newton-Conover City Schools
  • Region 8 | Western | Dr. Janet H. Mason, Rutherford County Schools

 

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Camden County Board of Education Member Wins Prestigious Award

Camden County Board of Education Member Wins Prestigious Award

Chris Wilson of the Camden County Board of Education is the 2017 recipient of the School Board Member Leadership Award. To receive this esteemed award, which is given by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board member must be peer-nominated by their local school board.

“This board member has worked diligently to close the achievement gap in his community and throughout the state,” said NCSBA Past President Chuck Francis of Wilson’s commitment during his 15 years on the Camden County board. Wilson is a member of the NC Caucus of Black School Board Members, advocates for progress and innovation, and helped start the nation’s first U.S. Coast Guard Junior Leadership Program in 2006.

The School Board Member Leadership Award honors a school board member for exemplary leadership during the previous school year. In recognition of their outstanding service as board of education members, board members were selected for the honorary All-State School Board. These individuals have made significant contributions to their school systems during their tenure and were peer-nominated for the School Board Member Leadership Award or the Raleigh Dingman Award, which was won by Roberta Scott of Warren County. This year’s All-State Board Members are: Eltha Booth, Beaufort County; Shearra Miller, Cleveland County; Christian Overton, Camden County; Dr. George Truman, Anson County; Barbara Yates-Lockamy, Columbus County; and Bob Wyatt, Rockingham County.

 

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Lenoir County Board of Education Wins Leadership Award

Lenoir County Board of Education Wins Leadership Award

The Lenoir County Board of Education is the 2017 recipient of the School Board Leadership Award. This award honors a school board for extraordinary leadership during the 2016-2017 school year. To receive this esteemed award, which is given by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board must demonstrate excellent governance skills through commitment to the role of the school board.

Lenoir County was recognized during the awards ceremony of the Association’s 48th Annual Conference for Board Member Development in Greensboro on November 14. During comments to ceremony attendees, the board was celebrated for the bold, innovative steps it has taken to lead the school system forward. The board’s commitment to a shared vision helped the system exit low-performing status, increase student proficiency in most schools, and develop its academic options to address the varying needs of students and parents.

 

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Franklin County Commissioners Recognized

Franklin County Commissioners Recognized

NCSBA presented its prestigious County Commissioners of the Year Award to the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners.

The group was recognized during the awards ceremony of the Association’s 48th Annual Conference for Board Member Development in Greensboro on November 14. The Franklin County Board of Education touted their county commissioners as a group of men and women dedicated to the success of their community’s students and teachers. Their leadership, support, and cooperation with the board of education have played an important role in increasing student proficiency and achievement and ensuring that vital school improvements are possible.

The County Commissioners of the Year Award is given to a board of county commissioners that is nominated by the local board of education in recognition of their extraordinary efforts.

 

 

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