The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 12, 2012

ECPS outstanding achievers

The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Recognitions for outstanding achievement were the theme of Monday evening’s board of education meeting at the Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College.

Dr. Bill Rivenbark, AdvancEd field consultant, recognized the Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) for their accreditation status.

“Edgecombe County Public Schools has much to be proud of and it gives me great pleasure to present this plaque on behalf of AdvancEd and the North Carolina Staff Office to Ann Kent, board chair, and Superintendent John Farelly, in recognition of this significant achievement,” said Rivenbark.

During its review of the district conducted from April 29 through May 2, the external review team commended the district for “an effective stakeholder communications and decision-making process, the creation of an executive cabinet and district leadership team, the development and use of a data management system to assess student learning and inform instructional decisions, and the commitment of the Edgecombe County Board of Education to continually improve its boardsmanship skills,” Rivenbark said. The review team also tasked the district to revisit its vision statement “to ensure reflection of desired district outcomes,” said Rivenbark.

Remarkable students in the district also were honored at the meeting. Farrelly and Kent presented Gold Key certificates and pins to students from each school in the district.

“These students have demonstrated good citizenship, made an extra effort academically, or successfully overcome a challenge,” said Lauren Edmondson, communications and community relations coordinator for ECPS. “Each school may select up to four Gold Key students per semester.”

Other recognitions at Monday evening’s meeting included employee of the month, Ulrich “Terrell” Hill of Edgecombe Early College High School, and national board certified teachers for the district – Meryl Besterman of C.B. Martin Middle School, Patricia Benbow of Coker-Wimberly Elementary School, Suzanna Sharpe of G.W. Carver Elementary School, and Consuelo Schwartz of Tarboro High School.

During the business session of Monday’s meeting, the board approved the financial audit for the fiscal year ending on June 30.

“There were no significant findings, which is very positive. We found nothing irregular,” said Alan Thompson, auditor with Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams, & Co. “The school system overall is in good financial health.”

Another item that the board approved is the award of a $362,000 bid for a roofing project at Tarboro High School to Southern Metal of Wendell.

“It should give really a different look to Tarboro High,” said David Coker, director of maintenance and transportation for Edgecombe County Public Schools. He said the 150-day project would involve some ceiling work in the cafeteria and the media center. The project is the second phase of a roof replacement project at the high school.