On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Yancey County Board of Education met in the Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium to hear the second report of the Facilities Needs Assessment from Architect Mike Cox and Associate Amy Dowty of Architectural Design Studios.
Attached is the Powerpoint document as presented by Mr. Cox and Ms. Dowty as well as the four-page pamphlet handout provided by Architectural Design Studios.
There will be a public meeting held in mid-July regarding the future plans for our elementary schools. This meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School. The date for this meeting will be announced at a later time.
Michele Laws, principal of Micaville Elementary, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP) uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year-long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.
“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality. By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.
This program is offered in two locations-, Raleigh and Charlotte- in order to serve principals in all eight regions of the state.
The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), in existence since 1976, is the preeminent organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents 5,000+ members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School Administrators (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP.)
The end of the 2015-2016 school year is quickly approaching, leaving our students with time to participate in many free or low cost enrichment opportunities. For more information of activities available for your child, the attached document contains and extensive listing for the entire summer. Thanks to the all the community sponsors for making these opportunities available for our students to have a safe, fun filled summer.
The Yancey County Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016, to hear a preliminary report of the Facilities Needs Assessment from Architectural Design Studio (ADS) Architect Mike Cox and design staff member Amy Dowty. The meeting was recessed and relocated to the upper meeting room of the public library to accommodate several members of the public who attended the meeting to hear the preliminary data and add input.
Chair Mike Orr added, “We are very excited for our system as we look toward making this $11.5 million dollar investment in our children. We knew we didn’t have enough money to look at all nine schools, so the consensus of both boards was to focus on the aging elementary schools. Knowing that once the commissioners borrow the money, resulting in a 15 year payback commitment of the county, Dr. Tipton and the School Board take very serious the responsibility of making the best decisions possible for Yancey County Schools now and in the future.”
In compiling the assessment, Cox and Dowty did a complete tour of each facility, with specific attention to infrastructure as well as safety issues and concerns within each school. A Powerpoint was presented detailing concerns with each school site that ranged from undersized campuses and classrooms to highly combustible construction material and aging infrastructure within the buildings.
After the presentation, the floor was opened for questions and comments from the school board and then time was allowed for public input.
At the May 2nd Yancey County School Board meeting, Technology Director Kay Ball updated Dr. Tipton and board members on the progress of implementing the free myON Reader within the school district.
The myON program provides all students access to thousands of titles of digital books for reading during the summer months. Every student in Yancey County Schools now has an individual myON account. They will be able to select books of their personal interest and reading levels. Books from the myON collection may either be read online or downloaded to digital devices. Mrs. Ball said key personnel at each school will be trained to assist students in learning how to use the myON program prior to leaving for summer vacation.
Superintendent Tony Tipton stated, “It is our desire that students take advantage of this program to maintain or even advance their personal reading levels during the summer months rather than to regress as is often the case when students aren’t reading as much.” Mrs. Ball went on to say, “We know that every student does not have Internet access at home, but there are many WiFi hot spots throughout the county where students may visit to download up to twenty titles to personal devices.”
myON supports a variety of digital devices including iPads, iPods, Nooks, Kindles and smart phones. School media centers will be opened throughout the summer for additional access. For more information, contact the media coordinator or the assistant technology facilitator at your student’s school.
of the Yancey County Board of Education
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Yancey County Board of Education shall, pursuant to NC General Statute 143-33(c), hold meetings at the following designated place and time:
Dates and Purpose of Meetings:
May 16, 2016 Preliminary Facilities Needs Assessment / Special Personnel Meeting
June 6, 2016 Regular Meeting
June 20, 2016 Special Personnel Meeting
July 5, 2016 Regular Meeting (date changed to accommodate July 4th)
July 18, 2016 Special Personnel Meeting
August 1, 2016 Regular Meeting
August 15, 2016 Special Personnel Meeting
September 12, 2016 Regular Meeting
October 3, 2016 Regular Meeting
November 7, 2016 Regular Meeting
December 5, 2016 Regular Meeting
Time of Meetings:
Place of Meetings:
YCS Central Office Building
Posted 05-04-16 1:48 p.m.
This is YCS and this is to clarify what has happened today.
YCS did receive a call from the Town of Burnsville that a water line break had occurred and was told that it would not be repaired for a couple of hours.
The decision was made for early dismissal—which involves all our schools because of our bus system . . . However, shortly after the decision to dismiss was made, the water was restored.
YCS will not dismiss school early today, Friday, April 29, 2016, BUT parents who received the dismissal information and were enroute to pick up their children DID have their children released to them without an early dismissal being charged against them. We do apologize for the confusion.
This Thursday, April 21, 2016, is a half day of school for Yancey County students - regular dismissal times of elementary 11:30 . . high school 11:45 and middle schools at 12:00 noon.
Kindergarten Kickoff at the Burnsville Town Center from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. that day with Kindergarten Registration from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Parent are reminded to register at the elementary school in their home district elementary school.
Middle School transition is also this Thursday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools. This is a great opportunity for current 5th graders to walk the halls and meet the faculty and staff at the middle schools to get ready to make their move to middle school next year.
And then finally on Thursday is high school parent day from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.. Parents of our Mountain Heritage students are encouraged to come out to the high school for teacher conferences at that time.
Looking into May, YCS does have a holiday on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. There is no school for students OR staff on Memorial Day, however, parents need to be aware of the following:
Elementary and middle schools will be giving End Of Grade tests on Thursday and Friday prior to the Memorial Day Weekend. Students absences on Thursday and Friday will have great impact on the testing process. Parents are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to begin their holiday weekend after school on Friday!
At the April 4th regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education, Yancey County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton announced the last day of school for Yancey County students and the date for Mountain Heritage High School Graduation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016, will be the last – half-day – of school for Yancey County students. Inclement weather in January and February had pushed the student end date to Monday, June 13th, however, meeting the state-mandated instructional hours of 1,025 per school year allows the Superintendent to forgive June 10th and 13th, making June 9th the final student day.
Mountain Heritage High School Graduation will be on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. “Starting graduation earlier in the day helps with the problem of heat in the gymnasium. We want to keep our graduates, parents, and guests as cool and comfortable as possible during the graduation ceremonies,” stated Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton.
Although this winter could be considered mild when compared to past winters, the threat of spring rains and flash floods can still cause an impact to school days and lost instructional hours. The YCS calendar still has a bank of instructional hours that could allow for 1-2 more days being forgiven should an unexpected spring snowstorm or flooding result in additional lost school time.
“We appreciate the patience of our students, parents, and staff as we have worked through this year’s school calendar,” added Dr. Tipton. “We understand that parents, students, and teachers all want to know the last day of school as soon as possible to begin making summer plans.”