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Roanoke school board makes series of personnel moves

Roanoke City School Board met in their regular meeting on March 21. The board had very little business to conduct so they moved on to the personnel actions and the superintendent’s report.

Personnel Actions

In personnel actions, the board approved:

Retirement of Theresa Hunter from her position as 7th grade Special Education Teacher at Handley Middle School, effective June 1.

Retirement of Jane Overton from her position as Child Nutrition Worker at Knight Enloe Elementary, effective May 25.

Retirement of Deborah Houston from her position as Child Nutrition Worker at Knight Enloe.

Resignation of Debbie Gortney from her position as Child Nutrition Worker at Knight Enloe Elementary, effective May 25.

The hire of Shannon Smith as Special Education Teacher for Roanoke City Schools, effective August 1. This position will be determined at a later date and time.

Family and medical leave for Nathan Bevels, Special Education Aide at Knight Enloe Elementary, beginning March 14 through April 4. This leave may vary according to medical necessity.

Teresa Devona Mason and Kanechia Lasha Zachery as substitute teachers.

Superintendent’s report

KES had a great week celebrating Read Across America. We had several guest readers, parents, high school students, community members, and RCS staff members to read to the students. Our students have had a blast celebrating reading. We ended the week with a character parade and the students showed out with their costumes this year.

Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day. We have two of the very best in RCS. Mr. Lamar Bonner and Mr. Randy Nolan are often the first to arrive and the last to leave. They tackle so many jobs from driving buses, unloading delivery trucks, repairing toilets, and everything in between. Mr. Bonner and Mr. Nolan, we are appreciative of all you do, and we are thankful for your dedication.

RCS would like to thank the Master Garden Club for pruning our blueberry bushes. There should be plenty for everyone during the summer.

Thank you to Frontline Impact for the generous donation of Lysol wipes to RCS! The truck arrived, and we had lots of volunteers who helped unload, transport, store, etc. We are very appreciative of all the help from our students, staff, WTW Trucking (Jackie Brown), the city of Roanoke, and ACE Hardware. These wipes will help protect our teachers and students and keep them healthy. We can’t wait to begin distributing them in the upcoming weeks.

9th-11th graders are eligible to apply for free money for summer educational programs. College websites have tons of information about programs they offer. The possibilities are endless. Find a program that suits you and APPLY for a STAR grant. Roanoke S.T.A.R. is a local group that, in part, supports educational opportunities for students that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

We are so excited about the Imagination Library coming to Randolph County. RCS was represented at the official ribbon cutting for the program. If you have a child from birth to 5 yrs old, you are welcome to sign them up!

HHS Track and Field competed Saturday, March 4th at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. Congratulations to our track team! In the first meet of the season, HHS finished 3rd overall in the boys and 4th overall in the girls.

HMS 8th graders went to the WOW (World of Works) at the Oxford Civic Center. This event is hosted for 8th and 11th graders to introduce them to different career opportunities in our area! We loved seeing our students engage in these career options! Lots of learning and even more laughs took place!

Congrats to our HMS Dr. Seuss Bake-off winners:1st Place – Daelyn Sanders, 2nd Place – Maegan Overton and 3rd Place – JolieRae Smith and Elizabeth Seidel

KES is supporting the American Heart Association by raising money to support the Kids Heart Challenge. Students register online, choose a daily challenge, collect donations, and earn thank-you gifts and online badges. All of this money goes to the American Heart Association. You can download the Kids Heart Challenge App by scanning the QR code in the picture or go to

Some of the high school band members went to HMS on Wednesday, March 8, to help the 5th and 6th grade beginner band to prepare them for their future in the marching band.

KES had a ACAP Parent Testing Meeting to share information with parents about the state test required for all 2nd & 3rd grade students. The school also made a recorded version of the information for parents who couldn’t attend the meeting.

The renewal of the five mill tax was a success. Thank each of you for your vote and/or support.

I am super proud of the success we are having in softball and baseball. Our athletes are working extremely hard. Please come out and support our Tigers.

KES held its MTSS turnaround meeting where faculty members discussed modes and effectiveness of communication.

Congratulations to Jesse Baldwin on his signing day. Jesse will be running cross country and track at Point University.

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