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Ashe BOE: Many New 'Hats' PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:46

Following recognitions of Nita Absher, cafeteria manager at Mountain View Elementary as Employee of the Month, and Marc Payne, AHS athletic director, as recipient of the 2011 Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award from the NC High School Athletic Association the bulk of the evening’s meeting was dedicated to the County’s schools presentation of their School Improvement Plans. The principals and School Improvement Team chairpersons from Ashe County High School, Ashe County Middle School, Blue Ridge Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, and Westwood Elementary took turns presenting their school’s goals for the school year. All North Carolina schools’ improvement plans are required by the state and contain goals developed by each school’s leadership team comprised of the principal, members of the school faculty and staff, and community members. Each of the school’s leadership teams reviews test results and other significant information about their school and uses that data to develop improvement goals in academic and other areas. Following each presentation Board of Education members engaged in a brief discussion of the plan with its presenters. Superintendent Reeves was very proud of the quality of the schools plans and made the following comments about them.
In more somber news Superintendent Reeves gave an update to the Board on the number of positions that have been eliminated from the Ashe County School System since 2008. He explained that each year they have tried to absorb funding cutbacks by not filling retiree’s positions. They have also protected class sizes by not eliminating class room positions whenever it could be avoided. This has resulted in the loss of a greater number of support and administrative positions with the three year totals being losses of 15.5 teaching positions and 20 other positions. He jokingly stated that so many people are wearing so many hats there’s no room left to hang anymore hats on anyone’s hat rack. He concluded by complimenting the hard work of those still with jobs who are doing more with less support and still maintaining students high academic achievement.

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