November School Board Meeting

The Lee County School Board met Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. Mark Carter congratulated Jonesville Middle School for their county-leading 95.3% attendance rate last month followed by Elk Knob Elementary with 94.6% attendance. Carter announced that Va School Board Association awards of excellence had been granted to Debbie Jessee, Kyle Chadwell, and Ty Haber for their commitment to effective school board governance through participation in the VA School Board Academy Program.

Shannon Grabeel, Principal of Elydale Elementary, gave Elydale's AdvancEd presentation. He noted that Elydale consists of 139 students, mostly from Rose Hill and Ewing, and 30 faculty and staff members. Grabeel said many of their students come from low socioeconomic levels, with 77% receiving free or reduced lunches. Despite these circumstances, Grabeel says Elydale has many notable academic achievements. They have achieved state accreditation in the past, with the exception of last year, but after Spring testing have again achieved state accreditation and the school mathematics average has raised 19%. Grabeel says their goal is to continue to meet all standards of accreditation as well as state and federal objectives and continue to grow in content areas.

Mark Carter Announced American Education Week will be recognized November 16-20 to celebrate education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Carter also announced that this week, November 9-13, is School Psychology Awareness Week which helps connect students to academic, emotional, and social skills they need to succeed.

The Board Voted to delete a questionable grading policy brought to their attention by Brian Dean, Principal of St. Charles Elementary. The Board also approved Fundraising and Field Trip Policy Revisions brought forth by Connie Daugherty. The Board adjourned until Tuesday, December 8th at 7 p.m.

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