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The Gaston County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at the Administrative Center, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. At that time the Board will . . . Recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Consider formal adoption of the Board Agenda as required by Robert's Rules of Order (revised edition). Recognize Students and Employees. Provide an opportunity for Public Expression. At each Board meeting, an opportunity will be provided for the public to address the Board regarding an agenda item. If you would like to speak to the Board, please contact the Superintendent's Office. Consider approval of minutes of the December 3, 2007 and December 17, 2007 meetings. Receive the following Good News: 1. Students in Terry McCumbee's classes at East Gaston High School sponsored the Pasta for Patients campaign and raised $4,541.46 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 2. The following Ashbrook High School students were awarded scholarships: Meagan Balsom, Wingate University Trustee Scholarship; Erin Cockfield, Brenau University Academic Scholarship; Camilia Smith, Wingate University Academic Merit Scholarship; Shavonnah Magee, St. Andrews Presbyterian College Presidential Scholarship; Jasmine Price, full scholarship to Winston-Salem State University; Stephon Simpson, DeVry University Community Scholar Award; and Caleb Suggs, Clemson University Academic Scholarship. 3. Ashbrook senior Rachel Bradshaw is a semi-finalist for the prestigious N.C. State University Park Scholarship and the CocaCola Scholarship. 4. The Brookside Elementary December Star Students were Deigo Reviera-Cruz, Jakira Bell, Jake Felton, Nicholas Groves, Brooklyn Haynes, Zulibeth Marin Rendon, Nicole Saunders, Bethany Crawford, T.J. Layel, David Singleton, Alyssa Miller, Miranda Hope, Anna Shepard, Mananda Scott, Tara Pearson, Yesenia Neita, Rasheed Hall, Courtney Herron, Logan Roper, Victoria Picklesimer, Brandon Carmona, Brianna Hunter, Aaliyah Tribble, Emily Parrish, David Johnson, Alexys Myers, Heisy Ramos, William Linkous, Ashley Griggs, Ariel Heston, Rosario Cruz, Adrian Mora, Daisy Chevalier, Taylor Lancaster and Eddie Rodriquez. 5. The Brookside November Star Students were Matthew Pilkington, Jacob Thompson, Dakota Rushford, Gracie Hulsey, Kirsten White, Kaylan Gary, Ian McFadden, Carlos Oros, Chadd Herring, Colin Jernigan, Sierra Crotts, Diomond Carter, Karen Morgan, Kaitlyn Haskins, Brenda Ordonez, Holly Masters, Michael Canup, Aleigha Letterman, Natalia Santos, Joseph Hovis, Derrik Moore, Alease Foust, Spencer Harrill, Dionna Hopkins, Dakota Ratliff, Yontyanna Melvin, Olivia Pressley, Nicholas Heiss, Julio Castro, Logan Weaver, Jasalyn Hart, Tommy Smith, Brittany Johnson, Jakayla Gordon, Markell Jackson, Taylor Pergola and Michael Queen. 6. Brookside's Students of Service Club collected 1,606 canned food items for the Salvation Army and sponsored a holiday party for the residents of Alexandria Place. 7. The Brookside December Good Citizens were Madison Armstrong, Payne Bailey, Logan Tanner, Ariel Heston and Chase Martin. 8. The following Brookside students were winners in the holiday art contest: Tyler Turpin, Kyle Ray, Tanner Lambert, Jake Felton, Tyvin Pitts, Michael Queen, Carlos Mora, C.J. Reid, Chadd Herring, Abbey Horne, Kennedy Free, Janith Scott, Alicia Hutchins, Kiana Ikard, Holly Masters, Perla Palacuous, Bailey Falls, Karley McLean and Nova Painter. 9. Cramerton Middle School sponsored the Coins for the Cure project and raised $900 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The student council collected 1,800 cans of food and raised $1,100 to help needy families. 10. Cramerton's golf team won the Gaston County championship and captured third place in the state middle school golf tournament. Team members are Trevor Bridges, Jonathan Davis, David Gibbons, Graham Haney, Andrew Horne, Hayes Pierce, Caleb Smithers, Sam Stout and Alex Taylor. A.J. Simmons is the coach. 11. The Bessemer City Middle School Beta Club provided holiday gifts for needy children. 12. Bessemer City Middle's Tigers Taking Care Club prepared care packages for soldiers in Iraq and raised $201 for the Presbyterian Orphanage Group Home. 13. The following Bessemer City Middle School students were inducted into the Junior Beta Club: Rikki Bradley, Christina Holt, April Ormand, Beth Norwood, Davis Gibby, Daniel Yarbrough, Ashley Young, Dakota Whisnant, Alexis Richardson, Yadira Sosa, Matt Herman, Megan Phillips, Lacey Julian, Katie Parker, Hannah Brockman, Jordan Smith and Sarah Hoffman. 14. Students in the Forestview High School Math, Science and Engineering Academy enjoyed a program by Bob Friedl, the honorary consul of Austria, who talked about the textile industry and environmental and energy issues facing his native country. 15. Forestview students in Elaine Patterson and Brenda Bostian's art classes worked with guest artist Sharif Bey, a professor at WinstonSalem State University, to design a ceramic wall hanging for the school library. The McColl Center of Charlotte partnered with the school to sponsor the project. 16. Forestview junior A.J. Mennear was one of five Special Olympics athletes from Gaston County chosen to participate in a basketball skills clinic held at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Members of the UNC basketball team conducted the program. 17. The Forestview Key Club collected gifts in December for five needy families. Club officers Ashley Jones, Preston Dole, Melissa Sherrill, Jessica Baber and Wallace Wong organized the project. 18. The following Forestview students were winners in the Perfect Jags attendance incentive program: Carl Ormand, Ashley Dowell, Nathan Anderson, Hailey Wyatt, Bryan Kilgore, Jessica Baber, Michael Calvert and David Somocurcio. 19. Bessemer City Primary sponsored the Kids Showing Kindness food drive and collected 400 items for the local crisis center. 20. Bessemer City Primary students and staff collected food and toys for needy families. Dole Corporation assisted with the project. 21. Students at Bessemer City Primary and Bessemer City Central Elementary enjoyed a program by local author Wanda Wyont. 22. The Bessemer City Central student council raised more than $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 23. The Robinson Elementary student council sponsored the Cans and Coats for Kids drive and collected 6,224 food items and 399 coats. 24. The following York Chester Middle School students were winners in the Thanksgiving essay contest sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Youth and Communities in Schools: Joseph Autry, first place; Miracle Collier, second place; and Rebecca Benjamin, third place. Students Marvin Williams, Damaris Jimenez, Raven Womic, Tyshaun Copeland, Jaylyn Alexis Hall, Justin Howard, A'lea Pressley and Paris Feaster were winners in the holiday card art contest. 25. Mount Holly Middle School students Corinne Cauthen, Sarah Ashley, Dylan Coley, John Leatherwood, Trent McCarty, Justice Bolick, Kiersten Washle, Morgan Woods, Samantha Fricks and Cameron Johnson were selected for the prestigious Duke University Talent Identification Program. 26. Gardner Park Elementary's November Students of the Month were Dontae Norman, Chancellor Hill, Yohanna Sotelo, Sam Mathis, Trey Mathis, Mariam Jaliawala, Brenda Manon, Alex Russell, Moosa Patel, Laura Arango, Michael Coleman, Jackson Cloninger, Kirston Parker, Sean Camacho, Edwardo Ramos, Jeremy Cudd, Evan Ommert, Celeste Block, Mayra Marin, Zack Lay, Seth Coletti, Emeri Crawford, Hunter Ward, Brittany Vaughan, Marjurie Ramirez, Gerardo Alvardo and Quinesha Hoke. 27. The following Gardner Park students were installed as the 200708 student council officers: Sierra Blake, president; Matthew Prevette, vice president; Roman Block, treasurer; Holly McIntosh, secretary; and Jacob Bolin, historian.

28. Gardner Park Elementary hosted an assembly program to present students with academic excellence, attendance, character education and Accelerated Reader awards. Gastonia mayor Jennie Stultz was the guest speaker. 29. The North Belmont Elementary third grade performed a holiday program for parents during the December PTO meeting. 30. The following North Belmont Elementary students were selected as the November Star Readers: Jevante Burton, Carol Grealis, Keelon Helms, Robbie Holmes, Joseph Fox, Destanie Jackson, Carmen Haylock, Tucker Lowery, Haley Collis, Toni Lane, Orion Tyson, Jordan Hunt, Chase Anderson, Samantha Lewis, Michelle Featherstone, Sandra Uranga, Elaine Sophia Parrish, DeMora Lechette, Storm Whitted, Destiny Moore, Monica Sengmany, Jeffrey Clark and Najeli Olivas. The November Citizens of the Month were Madison Gregory, Jacob Allen, John Haylock, Jacob McCall, Kaley Price, Cameron Duncan, Mallori Mull, Hayden Shropshire, Trevor Allen, Maryanna Chewning, Brittany Crawford, Hunter Koutsoupias, Camry Hope, Yamileth Salamanca, Joey Moore, Jaci Hefner, Nick Smith, Tristan Moore, Dylan Morgan, Johnathan Kitchen, Kaleb Summerville and Emily Ollis. 31. The following Highland School of Technology students were awarded scholarships: Alex Waggoner, Savannah College of Art and Design Academic Scholarship; Kayla Shephard, Methodist College Academic Scholarship; Lauren Hopper, Wingate University Academic Merit Scholarship; Stanley Spann, Campbell University Administrative and Scott-Ellis Scholarships and Wingate University Student Engagement Scholarship; and Kathrin MacFarlane, full tuition scholarship to the University of Alabama at Huntsville. 32. Highland student Laura Paschall is a semi-finalist for the UNCChapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship. 33. The South Point High School Interact Club hosted a Cookies and Cocoa children's celebration at Stowe Manor, sponsored a holiday party for 30 foster children and provided gifts to four needy families. 34. South Point's Technical Math II class took second place in the Piedmont Region High School Stock Market Contest. 35. The South Point High School International Club and Beta Club prepared more than 40 gift boxes for the Operation Christmas Child program. 36. South Point's Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) club collected more than 1,000 food items for the Belmont Community Organization and Catherine's House. Club members distributed 500 coloring books, crayons and bookmarks during the Belmont Christmas Parade. 37. South Point DECA and Sports and Entertainment Marketing students participated in the Charlotte Bobcats Career Day. The students learned about sports training, marketing and safety and security during sporting events. 38. More than 120 Pleasant Ridge Elementary students and their parents attended the school's December Family Fun Night program. 39. Bessemer City High School raised $753 for the Levine Children's Hospital. 40. Tryon Elementary received $400 from the United Auto Workers of Gastonia and Mount Holly to support the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program. 41. Beam Intermediate School collected 479 cans of food for the Cherryville Area Ministries. Angie Upchurch's fifth grade class contributed the most items.

42. The Beam Intermediate fourth grade enjoyed a Colonial Day program on November 19 and presented a musical program titled North Carolina Is My Home during the December PTA meeting. The fifth grade participated in a hands-on ecosystem project. 43. The John Chavis Middle School November Students of the Month were Skyler Sisk, Alex Schnurr, Corey Hicks, Brittany Turney, Jacquilla Burris, Kaitlin Starling, Donna Cress, Devon Anderson, Josh Bolin, Olivia Walker and Kallie Walker. The December Students of the Month were Katelene Jones, Carra Sparks, Maggie Zheng, Patrick Harrill, Nick Corbett, Kiersten Houser, Taylor Laskey, Nicole Hargrave, Candido Trejo, Madison Mabry and Skyler Warren. 44. The John Chavis Middle Beta Club sponsored a canned food drive and collected 980 items for the Cherryville Area Ministries. 45. Sherwood Elementary held a breakfast on November 14 for honor roll students and their parents. On November 15, more than 100 parents ate Thanksgiving lunch with their children. 46. As part of a writing lesson, Sherwood second graders in Tonya Dye's class became pen pals with students at Budlong Elementary School in Chicago. 47. Sherwood students in Tonya Dye's and Jill Hendrix's classes participated in a school beautification project sponsored by Keep Gastonia Beautiful. 48. More than 300 students and parents attended Sherwood's Family Fun Night on November 27. Math specialist Marcia Rauch coordinated special activities. 49. The Belmont Middle School Beta Club collected 2,836 canned food items for the Belmont Community Organization. 50. The following Belmont Middle students were winners in the school geography bee: Dakota Hood, first place; John Biddix, second place; and Ethan Beal, third place. 51. The Carr Elementary student council held a food drive in December and collected 2,681 items for the Dallas-High Shoals Christian Ministries. 52. Carr Elementary received a donation of winter clothing and supplies from the Dallas Senior Citizen Club. 53. The following Carr Elementary students were chosen as December's Terrific Kids: Austin Toledo, Sebastian Adams, Daniel Walker, Jovani Ceja-Catalan, Jakayla Jefferies, Raven Totherow, Patsy Fisher, Mardelly Jaimes, Marlanda Harris, Jaden Holcomb, Samari Figueroa, Cassie Tallent, Breanna Nicoletti, David Rice, DowNoi Rico, Brooke Perry, Darcy Haney, Jake Holmes, Glenn Walker, Amber Ruff, Anizia Stowe, Asia Wright, Michael Clemmer, Marlonte' Brunson, Alyson Jenkins, Emily Gibson, Paul Walters, Madison Riley and Anna McDaniel. 54. The Carr Elementary December Students of the Month were Adam Hambrick, Joshua Adair, Shannon Alexander, Tyler Bates, Dylan Woody, Dalton Hawkins, Sara Grace Hayes, Logan Russell, Electra Burke, Johanna Quezada-Salazar, Bryan Trejo, Schaeffer Gann, Taylor Elgin, Ray Benton, Gabby Duncan, Skylan Johnson, Taij Carter, Wayne Haney, Alysha Elmore, Taylor Rawlinson, Logan Withers, Alex Busby, Caroline Holland, Chase Garner, Joanna Trudnak, Summer Addington, Cayla Vincent, Emilie Peedin and Dion McCree. 55. The Grier Middle School November Knights of the Month were Washington Nguyen, Brian Delehanty, Brooke Burris, Justin Clemmer, Ivette Albarran, Shyquan Camp, Jordan Lee, Genet Girmay, D'Andre Mason, Julia Timmons, Maggie Jo Hess and Domonique Edwards.

Receive information regarding the Southern Association Accreditation. Consider the Selection of Financial Institution to Provide Banking Services. Consider the Hunter Huss Renovation ­ Architectural Firm Selection. Receive information regarding Strategic Planning. Consider the Instructional/Magnet Program Recommendations. Consider Consent Agenda. The Board previously authorized the use of a Consent Agenda for routine items. The following items will be considered under the Consent Agenda: Recommended Personnel. Budget Amendments and Budget Transfers. Superintendent's Comments.

For further information, please contact the Communications/Public Information Department, Bonnie Reidy, Director, 704-866-6118.


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