The Anson County Board of Education took a few minutes at the start of its regular monthly meeting Monday night to honor Anson High School students who are part of the JROTC and the varsity football team.
Superintendent Michael Freeman presented certificates to JROTC cadets in recognition of their stellar performances at several recent competitions. The drill team and color guard took home a number of trophies, and finished first and second in various competitions across the state.
Col. James Green praised this year’s cadets. “This semester has really been a success,” he said, “not only because of all the awards and trophies, but the leadership and teamwork I’ve seen with these cadets. I wish we could bottle that.”
The senior players on the Bearcat varsity football team were also recognized for making it to the second round of the state playoffs. The team traveled four and a half hours to Havelock on Friday night, thanks to contributions from the school board, parents and the community. Coach Luke Hyatt also praised his team. “These five kids at the back, the senior football players, they’ve been through a lot,” he said. “But they are the start of some great things happening at Anson High School.”
Also during the recognition portion of the meeting, Toys for Tots coordinator and County Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant presented Freeman with a gift on behalf of the Toys for Tots board. She thanked Freeman for allowing Toys for Tots to have a box at every school in the county.
Rep. Mark Brody spoke before the board, as well, and said he would do his best to attend as many Anson school board meetings as he could. “I know we have issues,” he said. “I want to let you know that I’m not going to ignore you. If you need to contact me, please do so.”
Later in the meeting, Freeman said Rep. Brody has been very easy to work with. “There’s never been a time that I’ve contacted him that I haven’t gotten an answer, either from Rep. Brody himself or his assistant,” Freeman said.
During his report to the board, Freeman pointed out that the board room is in the process of being redesigned. A former Anson County Schools employee designed and built a new desk for the board members and senior staff to sit at the board meetings. “We got it at a fraction of the cost,” Freeman said. In addition, the board room displays old yearbooks, scrapbooks, and artwork by current students.
In new business, school board member Dr. George Truman asked that Freeman look into offering more than certified sub pay for retirees who return to work. Freeman said that he would research the idea and report back to the board.
“I think it would help entice retirees for a long-term commitment,” Truman said.
In that same vein, Freeman said he hopes to have staff be able to go home early on early release days, Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and Dec. 5, for the Wadesboro Christmas parade. “We want them to be able to go home and spend time with their families as soon as the campuses are clear,” Freeman said.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The Board of Education will next meet at the Charles Riddle Staff Development Center, 320 Camden Road, Wadesboro, on Dec. 16. The board meets in closed session at 5:30 p.m., and opens to the public at 6:30 p.m.