On May 10, 2012 Elkin City Schools hosted the quarterly conference of the Surry County local elected officials. The event began in the Elkin High School Media Center with a social time for guests. Light hors d’oeuvres and punch were available for all guests.
County Commissioner Buck Golding welcomed everyone to the event which allowed opportunities for elected officials to gather and listen to timely state/local information from invited guest speakers. Commissioner Eddie Harris provided the invocation prior to the evening meal. Also representing the Surry County Commissioner Board were Jimmy Miller, Paul Johnson, and Garry Scearce.
The dinner was prepared and served by Mrs. Kali Teague, Elkin High School Family and Consumer Science Teacher and her food science students. The Elkin High School JROTC cadets assisted with various duties that included parking, directing guests to the meeting areas, and helped with serving dinner.
The featured speaker for the quarterly meeting was Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Arriving at 1:00 on the day of the event, Dr. Atkinson toured each of the Elkin City Schools’ campuses, visited with individual classes and teachers at each school, allowed students to ask her questions about education, visited the Elkin City Schools community greenhouse and met with small groups of ECS teachers, students, and Parent and Business advisory members prior to the dinner meeting.
Each of the Student Council leadership team members from Elkin Elementary, Elkin Middle, and Elkin High School were invited to meet and talk with Dr. Atkinson.
“It was a pleasure to have Dr. Atkinson visit our school system and I was excited for the students and staff who met with State Superintendent June Atkinson” stated Dr. Randy Bledsoe, Superintendent. Dr. Atkinson was very complimentary of our school system and placed special emphasis on our status as “having the Highest Graduation Rate in North Carolina and being a Top Ten designee for the past school year. “I was also proud to highlight the talents of our students as we prepare them to be Career and College Ready and our staff members who discussed with Dr. Atkinson their work on the Common Core and Essential Standards curriculum”.