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Who Will It Be? Principal of the Year To Be Announced May 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 April 2015 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Eight finalists are on pins and needles this week, wondering if their name will be called on Friday when the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year is announced.

The event will take place during a luncheon being held at The Umstead in Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place shortly after 1 p.m., according to a Department of Public Instruction news release.

The finalists are:

Region I: Steve Lassiter, Pactolus Elementary (Pitt County Schools);
Region II: Robin Hamilton, Parsley Elementary (New Hanover County Schools);
Region III: Tonya Williams, Sherwood Githens Middle (Durham Public Schools);
Region IV: Kim Robertson, Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary (Cumberland County Schools);
Region V: Christopher Poston, Pittsboro Elementary (Chatham County Schools);
Region VI: Adam Auerbach, Wolf Meadow Elementary (Cabarrus County Schools);
Region VII: Shane Mace, East Burke Middle (Burke County Schools); and
Region VIII: Scott Rhodes, East Henderson High (Henderson County Schools).‚Äč

The winning principal will snag split $6,000 with their school. They also will receive a scholarship for a 10-day educational tour of China from Education First Tours, and a custom-made Principal of the Year signet ring and pendent. 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 05:35
 
School Grading Formula Getting Review By Legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Educators who believe the state's new grading system for public schools is unfair are getting another bite at the apple. On Tuesday a House committee agreed to adjust the formula by which schools are assigned a grade to better reflect academic growth by the students over the school year.

The original formula that resulted in grades of A through F relied 80 percent on test scores on 20 percent on academic growth. The revised 50/50 formula would bump up growth to 50 percent and bump down reliance on test scores to 50 percent.

While some legislators believe this will solve the problem, Rep. Paul Stam of Wake County said the process is flawed to begin with. He endorsed two grades.

 
NC State Vet School To Double Scholarships With $16 Million Gift PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Chancellor Randy Woodson called it a "transformational" gift to the university. And at the very least, the $16 million donation announced this week for the NC State veterinary school will allow the college to double its scholarship fund.

The donation was made by the Randall B. Terry Charitable Foundation.

The money will also be used for professor salaries and research, according to Woodson.

NC State's veterinary school is nationally renowned. U.S. News data shows it is tied for third place nationally with Colorado State University.

 
Magnet School Advocates Choose 2 Wake County Schools For Top Honors PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 April 2015 05:02

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A science and techology (STEM) themed elementary school in Wake County, and an arts and science-themed elementary school, were honored recently by Magnet Schools of America. The group held its convention in Raleigh, with more than 1,000 participants from across the country in attendance.

Wendell Elementary School, the arts and sciences school, waked away the winner of the award for best elementary magnet school in the United States.

Brentwood Elementary School, the STEM-focused campus, was honored as runner-up for best magnet school in the U.S.

 
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