In several highlights of Monday’s Elkin City School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe opened up the meeting with a quote by Albert Schweitzer, a bold art print on display by middle school student Zach Felts, and an audience of a student winners of gold and silver at the State Leadership Conference from the North Carolina Family Career and Community Leaders of America.
Bledsoe thanked the group for their award winning work, some that included creating toboggans from donated sweaters for children at the Ark and a presentation on the dangers of tanning. He also thanked teachers and advisors, Kali Teague and Robin Hooper, and commended Principal Joel Hoyle.
The group in turn thanked the superintendent for his interest and support of their organization.
In a poignant board spotlight segment, former Elkin High School student and author, Dr. Robert Landry, recognized former teacher Hilda McDonald, who retired in 1986 from Elkin City Schools.
Landry said, “She is the best teacher any of us have had or will have,” and defined her a master conductor in the classroom. He recalled once in her classroom, students tested her by showing her a black snake while in class, instead of becoming “ruffled” she remarked on what a fine specimen the black snake was.
Bledsoe thanked McDonald and her family publicly for the contribution of their gifts to the Elkin City School System.
Landry was selected chairman for the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2012, and before was superintendent of the Davie County School System. He is a Virginia Tech graduate.
Landry also donated a copy of a recent book to the school board and issued a challenge in the pursuit of the excellence of teaching.
Barbara Long was recognized for being named Outstanding Administrator in CTE education.
“It was well-deserved,” said Bledsoe.
Long was once a school administrator at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, when Michael Jordan attended. She called the award a “complete surprise” and added, “The work I do is for students and teachers. I work for 10 teachers. To be recognized and for the people to see you working hard, makes you feel good.”
Maia Schweikert won an award in problem solving and Brandon Loredo won an award with a height jump at a recent Steam Expo after students visited Appalachian State University and were recognized by Principal Pam Tolbert.
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