The Lee County School Board met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Jonesville. Jodie Bowen, Guidance Counselor at Dryden Elementary, gave a presentation on AdvancEd Accreditation, announcing that Dryden Elementary is now fully accredited. In addition, Superintendent Mark Carter made a presentation to Chairman Kyle Chadwell for AdvancEd certification for all Lee County Schools. Carter also announced that the school with the highest attendance for the month of August was Elydale Elementary with a 98.3% attendance rate. Pennington Middle was second highest with 96.9% attendance.
Four students from Elk Knob were recognized and congratulated for their artwork being featured in the Kingsport Times News. Carter announced that Cumberland Gap National Park will hold a special unveiling ceremony for the 2016 quarter that the US Mint will release honoring the park next year. The event will be held on April 11 and all children under 18 will receive a Cumberland Gap National Park Quarter. Carter also announced that VA State Troopers will conduct monthly walk-throughs of all county schools, along with each principal, addressing safety concerns.
The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program has been approved for all Lee County Elementary Schools for the 2015-2016 through 2017-2018 school years. The Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger has approved Lee High and Elydale Elementary as tests sites to serve 3 hot meals per day in addition to providing food for the weekend to students to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition. Rose Hill and Elydale Elementary Schools will serve as control sites for this test.
Carter announced that Lee County Schools will host the VA Department of Education Review Team on October 1 for English- Year 1. The School Emergency Crisis Plan was approved. The 2015-2016 Headstart Plans were approved. The Mountain Empire Hearing and Balance Contract was approved to test children grades K, 3rd, 5th, and 10th. The board adjourned until October 13 at 7 p.m.