June Meeting of the Asheboro City Board of Education

ASHEBORO – On Thursday, the Asheboro City Board of Education met for their regularly-scheduled meeting. Chairman Kyle Lamb called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lindley Park and Teachey Elementary School students, the board approved the night’s agenda. The meeting began with a time of recognition of students and staff throughout the district.

Asheboro City Schools recognized Randolph Community College for their long-standing partnership to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students and staff, as the Community Partner for the month of June. Ms. Carla Freemyer, Executive Director of Human Resources, introduced Dr. Bob Shackleford, Randolph Community College president, thanking him for the college’s partnership. 

Ross Holt, Randolph County Library Director and Historic Landmark Preservation Commission member, presented information to the Board on the 1839 Asheboro Female Academy. This historic building is being considered for historical status and as part of this process, a landmark designation report has been recently completed. The newly restored Asheboro Female Academy will be available to students and others for tours and potentially provide meeting space for small groups in the community.

Amy Duckworth, central office, was recognized as Asheboro City Schools Classified Employee of the Year, and Kim Hoffman, South Asheboro Middle School, as the Instructional Assistant of the Year. Other recognitions included Suzanne Benhart, Asheboro High School band teacher, recipient of the Central District Bandmasters Award, and Amy Day, principal at Guy B. Teachey upon her retirement.

Dr. Julie Pack, director of secondary education, recognized Rebecca Leveille, for receiving special recognition through the Duke University Talent Identification Program.  Dr. Pack also acknowledged AHS senior Tommy Huynh, as one of 20 students in North Carolina selected to represent Asheboro City Schools and the state in the national U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Other items on the agenda included:

Administrative appointments effective August 1, 2018 included the following:

Mr. Chris Burian was named assistant principal at Donna Lee Loflin Elementary School, and Mr. Graham Groseclose was named assistant principal at Charles W. McCrary and Lindley Park Elementary Schools.

Six policies were recommended to the board for a 30-day review by Dr. Drew Maerz.

The Board heard an update on the district’s summer programs, along with updated reading and math standards by Dr. Aaron Woody, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Dr. Julie Pack provided information to the Board regarding the Advanced Manufacturing Camp that will be held next week at Randolph Community College, followed by information shared by Dr. Sean McWherter, director of support services, on the district’s social emotional curriculum.

Mr. Anthony Woodyard, director of technology and innovation, presented information on the district’s transition to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) integrated telephone solution, and Dr. McWherter presented information on possible changes to the school calendar. The proposal reflects changes to better align with college or university course options, provides the opportunity to conduct high school exams before Christmas break, along with enhanced opportunities for students at the end of the school year. The proposed calendars will be made available via various social media and website platforms for public review and comment for a period of thirty days. During the review period, all interested parties are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback.

Dr. McWherter also presented information regarding a proposed time change to the start and end time for North and South Asheboro Middle Schools for the coming school year. The proposal is to move the start time from 8:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and the end time from 3:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. in an effort to better manage traffic patterns and enhance student safety. Feedback on this proposed change is also requested during the next thirty days.

The board voted unanimously to appoint Reynolds Lisk to another term representing Asheboro City Schools on the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees. In other action, the board passed the Graduation Guarantee resolution, guaranteeing Asheboro High School graduates as having the skills local employers need.

Reports were provided on the district’s upcoming events and a Points of Pride presentation was presented by Carla Freemyer. Dr. Worrell concluded the meeting by congratulating Austin Curry and Madison Priest, named AHS Mr. and Miss Blue Comet. She also announced that the Class of 2018 have earned $7,009,510.00 in scholarships and grants to attend colleges and universities across the United States.

The board went into closed session at 10:15 p.m. for the purpose of the Superintendent’s evaluation.

About Asheboro City Schools
Asheboro City Schools is a medium-sized school district in North Carolina, serving approximately 5,000 students at eight schools and one five-star Early Childhood Development Center. The district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. For more information, visit the district’s website at http://www.asheboro.k12.nc.us/.


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