The Anson County Board of Education honored several students during its monthly meeting May 27.
“There are a lot of wonderful things going on in Anson County Schools,” School board chair Lisa Davis said.
First up, Superintendent Michael Freeman issued certificates of appreciation to the coaches and members of the Anson Middle School softball team, who won first place in their conference this season. “We look forward to seeing you here for many years to come,” Freeman told the students.
Several Anson High School students were also honored for athletics. Allen Campbell and J’Quan Wall were recognized for placing in the N.C. High School Athletics Association 3A track meet. Wall was also recognized for placing in the wrestling tournament, along with wrestling teammate V’dial Polk.
Two students were recognized for their acceptance into the North Carolina School of Math and Science — Christopher Hal Terry and Marci Sessions. Both students will be missed, Freeman said, but he added that the school system is proud of their achievements.
In other business at last Tuesday’s meeting, the school board members praised the number of students from the county’s four high schools who have won various scholarships. Freeman said that so far, the total of scholarships awarded to Anson students has totaled more than last year, well over $300,000.
During his monthly report to the board, Freeman stated that the human resources department is preparing for the 2014-15 school year by advertising for various projected positions.
Jennifer McLaurin, administrator for curriculum and instruction/AIG, gave the board a brief update on changes to the AIG program for the coming school year. “We’re very proud of this plan,” Freeman said. “It’s been highly praised by state officials.”
McLaurin explained that some of the changes include changing the AIG requirements, as well as changing how students are pulled out of classes for AIG subjects. “Students won’t be pulled out of their math and science classes,” she said. “If they’re AIG in reading, they will get two blocks of reading per day.”
The groups will also not be in one class. Instead, they’ll be put in groups of four, McLaurin said.
Freeman also gave the board an update on the district-wide graduation, planned for June 7. “We will follow the same set-up as last year,” he said. “Parents had very positive comments about moving the stage closer to the stands. We moved it last year due to the rain, but that’s been a very positive thing.”
The next Board of Education meeting, originally scheduled for June 30, has been moved to June 26, with public session starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Riddle Staff Development Center on Camden Road in Wadesboro.