In an unusually sparsely-attended conference room, North County’s Board of Education held a short meeting this month – before the district began their winter break Dec. 20 to Jan. 3 — to take care of a few housekeeping tasks, hear reports from administrators and accept small gifts given to them by appreciative employees.
“I never win at these,” said Board Member Alan Gremminger, who busily scratched off the lottery ticket each member was given. Sure enough, it was a dud. “Well, at least we’re supporting education,” he chuckled.
At the top of the list, the board reviewed the district-wide assessment and evaluation of Title 1, gifted education and migrant education.
“Anything changed from previous (evaluations)?” asked Board Secretary David Mallow.
“No,” said Assistant Superintendent Jason Samples. “On migrant, we still do a majority of our reporting out of registration, that makes qualifiers for those and in Title 1 you can see the funds that were distributed this year and how, based upon needs.”
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The only action item on the agenda concerned the board’s permission to apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to hold summer classes, which members gave.
Samples and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brandon Gregory provided board members with an update on how their respective schools were doing. Samples oversees the Primary, Parkside Elementary and Intermediate schools, while Gregory oversees North County Middle and High schools, as well as UniTec.
“Christmas is near and we’re all very excited about it,” Samples said of his pre-K through 6th grade crew.
Fredericktown native and renowned kids’ musicians Brian Kinder and his wife, Terri, performed Christmas music for pre-kindergarten through second-grade students in concerts Samples said were well-received by the students and staff.
“He’s kind of an elementary rock star,” he said. “He’s an old elementary school music teacher and if you’ve been in elementary very long, you know him. They did a great job with two performances.”
Samples said the primary school’s school social worker, Penny Robinson, will be working with Season of Hope at the Developmental Center to distribute Christmas cheer, and the elementary schools will be participating with Shop with a Cop.
At Parkside Elementary, some of the high school choir students were slated to sing Christmas carols at in the hallways that Friday morning. Samples said the principal, Dr. Chad Lynn, was invited to play guitar and sing with them.
At the Intermediate School, efforts were again made this year to sponsor Christmas gifts for two children at the Shared Blessings Transitional shelter. Shared Blessings works with homeless people and families who qualify for assistance with housing, employment, education and other resources.
Gregory shared a few important athletic dates coming up in January for North County Athletics:
Jan. 7 is Hall of Fame Night (North County vs. Potosi boys game)
Jan. 25 is Winter Homecoming (North County vs. DeSoto boys game)
Jan. 28 is the Heart Walk Game (North County vs. Farmington boys game)
High school’s National …….