A new elected official is taking the helm of the Elkin City Schools Board of Education, following election of chair and vice chair during the Dec. 4 meeting.
For the past three years, Dr. Richard Brinegar has served the board as its chair, and this year he will be stepping into the role of vice chair. In the role of chair will be James Freeman, who has been serving as vice chair of the board. The officer elections were decided unanimously.
Brinegar and Freeman were then recognized during the board spotlight portion of the agenda.
Several recognitions took place during the meeting as is the norm for the city school board’s monthly meetings.
Each month four students are selected to have their art work displayed in the city schools’ central office lobby. Art teachers Adam Beshears and Jill Bellia introduce their students and art work to the school board.
This month, Carrie Nations, fifth grade; Kevin Cruz, sixth grade; Aranza Gutierrez, eighth grade; and Kimberly Cruz, ninth grade, are the student artists whose pieces are on display.
Beshears explained that Kimberly Cruz’s work is an illuminated manuscript piece where she chose a quote from Walt Disney to artistically present.
Gutierrez’s piece was one of the first projects created at the beginning of the school year, but Beshears said it looked like a snowflake so it fit this season.
“These kids make me look good,” Beshears said of his art students. “I really don’t do anything. They make me look good.”
Bellia also described her students’ works for the board.
Kevin Cruz’s piece was a landscape work of a canyon, while Nations’ art work was from a project on sewing and weaving, because Bellia said, “It’s a lost art.”
Also recognized during the meeting was Braden Oliver, who took the initiative to create a video about Capt. Barrington Irving’s aerial visit with Elkin City Schools’ students earlier in the school year. His video had been shown previously at the school board meetings, but Oliver had not been present. On Dec. 4, Oliver was in attendance to be recognized. His video has been chosen to be shared on Scholastic’s website.
Other students recognized included Kendall Luster and Jayden Martin who were awarded through a summer reading partnership between Elkin Elementary School and Appalachian State University.
The two top readers were invited to ASU and recognized there during 2017 Education Day for the Mountaineer Readers Program, with Luster reading over 200 books during the summer and Martin reading about 300 books.
A new teacher was introduced to the school board as well. Sarah Kerr is the elementary school’s new music teacher. She is a graduate of Wingate University with a degree in music education.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.