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RCS school board meeting and superintendent’s report

Roanoke School Board met in a regular meeting last week and approved just general business items.

In personnel actions, the boards approved:

  • Resignation of Rebecca Hickman as PreK teacher at Knight Enloe Elementary effective May 25.
  • Resignation of Leigh Smith as 4th grade English Language Arts teacher at Handley Middle School effective May 25.
  • Resignation of Theresa Hunter as 7th grade special education teacher at Handley Middle School effective May 25.
  • Family and medical leave for Ronnie Cosper, custodian at Handley Middle School, beginning February 7, 2023 through May 9, 2023. This leave may vary according to medical necessity. Also catastrophic sick leave once all leaves have been exhausted until May 9.
  • Contract with Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for ASL Interpreter Services. This contract will begin on October 1, 2022 and end on September 30, 2023. Payment for services will be $55 per hour. Funds will come from IDEA, Preschool and/or general fund.
  • Ruth Yvonne Gillum and Tiara Akiviana Williams as substitute teachers.

Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Greg Foster gave the following report to the board:

During Tiger Rounds, teachers visited colleagues from the elementary, middle and high school to observe and gain valuable teaching strategies. Each grade level debriefed to share their knowledge to strengthen teaching across the district.

Faculty and staff members from Southern Union State Community College came to HHS to answer questions and assist with scholarship applications. We are so fortunate to have SUSCC as a college option and resource for our students.

We are so excited about the all new ACT camp at HHS! Our students and teachers are working extremely hard to ensure we have the best scores ever! Jrs, please have conversations with your family about this high stakes test

In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, RCS hosted its first board appreciation dinner. This dinner honored our outstanding school board members and provided an opportunity for fellowship. We are so thankful for the special board members we have that go above and beyond to love kids and do what’s best for them. Their support of our system is unwavering, and we can always count on them to show up and provide support. Best board you could ever find!

KES hosted a Parent Night to give parents strategies to help their children. Each grade level had a reading and math session. Mrs. Treadwell had a robotics session, and Mrs. Murphy had an ADHD/ADD session. Parents attended the sessions and learned about their children’s educational experiences and needs

Roanoke City Schools Child Nutrition Program Director Regina Fulghum was invited to meet this week with other area CNP Directors at Auburn City Schools to discuss and brainstorm on real issues that school systems are having and to insure our children are being fed the most nutritious meals. She would like to thank Dr. Ashley Powell for hosting such a great and informative meeting.

Handley Middle 6th-8th grade young men had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Jerome Cofield speak about his Empowerment 3D organization. His organization mentors young men and provides them with different opportunities and experiences. Three of our students were chosen to attend an Atlanta Hawks game in March and ten others were invited to his Empowerment breakfast. We are so thankful for people like Mr. Cofield who are able to share their journey with our students.

Congratulations to Jamerqui Lewis on signing to play football at Alabama State University! We are so proud of you!

It’s National School Counselor Week! We have some rock stars in Roanoke City Schools. We sure are thankful for these three and for all they do. Mr. Brent Meadows, Mrs. Angie Johnson, and Mrs. Summer Johnson.*NK-R

February was Career Technical Education (CTE) month. This month raises awareness for the role these programs have in readying learners for college and career success. CTE month also celebrates the achievements of our local partners. We are fortunate to have highly qualified career tech instructors on our high school campus and at Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center. We also have some amazing local business partners who donate to our school-level programs and allow our students to shadow and work in CTE fields while in school. Thank you to Coach Cedric Phillips (business) and Coach Jody Pike (agriculture) for being outstanding CTE instructors on our HHS campus.

KES teachers participated in the second MTSS turnaround meeting. Teachers worked on developing common academic language and communication.

The HMS Robotics Teams competed at the Oxford City VEX IQ Competition on February 4, 2023. Teams from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade attended the event. All three teams placed in the finals in the Teamwork Challenge. The eighth grade team had the fifth highest driver score out of forty teams. These three teams worked extremely hard to be successful this year!

We are thankful for those who share their history! Great learning experience yesterday at HHS with local trailblazers as they shared the long-lasting impact of the Randolph County Training School. Thank you, Portia Wofford, for organizing our panel.

Jamison Hester and Cason Hill made the top 15 with a 9.99 lb bag. They came in 4th place in Big Fish with Jamison’s fish weighing 5.35 lbs.*Dooley Green and Will Phillips placed #31 with a 6.76 lb bag. The rest of the team did not weigh in any fish.

Members of the HHS Interact Club returned to Serenity Farms to serve and dance with the Tallapoosa Girls Ranch. A good time was had by all!

Thank you to Senator Randy Price for always being a friend to Roanoke City Schools. Senator Price is a true supporter of young people and education. He has utilized his position to advocate for the education system including students and teachers. We are thankful for his generous contribution to RCS!

Congratulations to Handley High School on being selected as a CLAS Banner School of Distinction! This award recognizes school programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. HHS is being recognized for its Community Studies Class.The CLAS Banner School program was created in 2001 to recognize schools in Alabama that showcase outstanding programs and service to students. This year, 208 schools were nominated for this prestigious recognition with 177 applicants submitted and thirty-two schools selected as schools of distinction. We are so excited to have this recognition!

Roanoke City Schools completed the last step of the Cognia Accreditation Review process this week. After collecting, analyzing and synthesizing much data, the written components of the process were submitted on February 1st. On Wednesday, the district leadership team met with the Cognia reviewer to provide an overview of our school system. The overview was followed up with a brief interview session. The Cognia reviewer mentioned several times that she could tell the compassion we have for our school system, and she stated that it was very apparent that many great things are taking place in Roanoke City Schools. Overall, she was very impressed with our school system. I want to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to each person who contributed in any way to ensure our review was successful. It truly takes us all. Just know you are appreciated, and your hard work does not go unnoticed. We have the very best school system in America!

The RCS Superintendent’s Advisory Committee met this evening at HHS. The committee serves as a sounding board and advisory council for the superintendent.

KES celebrated Black History Month with posters around the school. 3rd grade students shared information about famous African Americans on Morning Meeting. Each grade level also did different activities to celebrate Black History.

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