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Mabel Community Thanked for Water Crisis Response PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Friday, 17 February 2012 06:59

Superintendent, Dr. Dick Jones, opened Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting by expressing thanks to many people for their response to the concern over potentially contaminated water at Mabel Elementary School. Comments were in response to a series of events that were triggered when, during routine water quality testing by the school system, the test yielded what turned out to be a false positive for harmful bacteria in the water. This triggered the closing of Mabel for one day, Friday, February 3rd, to insure the safety of students and staff until it could be confirmed that the water was safe for consumption.
The Board also took time to recognize seven teachers who had achieved National Board Certification. The seven teachers recognized were; Laura Young, Allyson McFalls, Karla Price, Kelly Beckley, Heather Tedder, Disa Mast-Herring, and April Eichmiller.  Additionally School Board Chair, Deborah Miller, was awarded the North Carolina School Boards Association’s Certificate of Advanced Achievement.
Programs designed to provide more curricular variety or emotional support for Watauga High School students were an important part of the Board of Education’s agenda. Dr. Kurt Michael, professor at Appalachian State University, presented an update to the Board of Education on the ASC [Assessment, Support, and Counseling] center at the high school. The program was implemented approximately six years ago to help educators address the higher than average number of students from Watauga High who demonstrate signs of depression. Dr. Michael shared that of the 43 students who have been referred, or requested help, all were showing clinically significant improvement. He asked for continued support for the ASC center from the Board of Education. The Board was also provided information on two additional programs under consideration for Watauga High School. Dr. Jones informed the Board that the Junior ROTC program was probably not going to be implemented for the coming year due to the Army not being ready to implement it at the school. Dr. Jones shared that the Army was ready to implement a JROTC program seven years ago but at that time there was not enough space in the old building to house it causing WHS to drop down to 31st on the wait list according to information provided by Principal Michael Wyant. Superintendent Jones also presented information about a potential joint program between WHS and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute currently being referred to as Pioneer Middle College High School. He explained the program would allow students to enroll in community college courses while at the high school allowing them to earn their high school diploma while simultaneously working on an associate degree from the community college. The Board gave permission for the administration to continue exploratory talks with CCCTI about this possibility.

  
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