School board retreat to begin Friday

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

February 19, 2014

Elkin City Schools will hold its annual school board retreat beginning on Friday with opening comments starting at noon. The sessions will continue through Saturday and will be open to the public.

The retreat will be held in the Elkin City Schools Boardroom located at 202 W. Spring St. in Elkin.

Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said, “Basically the board retreat is a time for administrators, staff and board to discuss issues in education that have been in place for quite a while. We can exchange ideas and thoughts, we don’t vote, we talk about and discuss ideas and ask questions.”

Bledsoe added the retreat is also a time where the public is invited to join in the discussions and ask questions.

The board retreat has been held in Elkin during the last six years. Bledsoe said there remains a need for the location to stay in town, rather than being a distance location retreat, due to the economy and a desire to use taxpayer money wisely.

The annual discussion on board ethics will lead the opening afternoon session on Friday and be presented by Dr. William Gummerson.

The “Read to Achieve” program as a “third-grade requirement” topic will be presented by Cynthia Altemueller, Anthony Davis and Shannon Norris. Bledsoe said he expects to have several teachers involved in those discussions.

In Friday’s late afternoon session, Britt Shaw will lead a “PowerSchool” and technology discussion, and Haley Sullivan will discuss issues in crisis management. John Altemueller will follow with a security and incident response discussion.

Elkin Middle School Principal Pam Colbert will lead a STEAM initiative update.

A North Carolina voucher plan and the Elkin City Schools 2014-15 calendar will be discussed just before the Friday’s close and followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s agenda is set to begin with coffee at the Coffee House at 8 a.m.

Then, at 8:30 a.m. educational topics again will be up for discussion in the board room.

Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle will present advantages and disadvantages of a numerical versus alphabetical grading system as a central topic.

Anthony Davis will lead discussion on “Standards Based Report Cards” versus “Traditional Grading.”

Saturday’s closing remarks will be led by Bledsoe beginning at noon, with remarks by Chairman Foley Norman and board members.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.