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SoVaNow.com / November 15, 2012Three Halifax County school employees are among 20 teachers from across the Blue Ridge region who are vying for the prestigious 2013 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The top two winners, one in elementary school and the other in middle or high school, will receive $25,000 each with four runners-up to receive $1,000 each.
Vying for the award are Laura Larkins of Meadville Elementary School, Kim Lee Martin Albert of Clays Mill Elementary and Beth Layne of Halifax County High School.
The three were recognized on Monday night during the monthly meeting of the Halifax County School Board. Winners will be announced at the annual McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching at Radford University in April.
Now in the 14th year, the McGlothlin Awards are given annually to exceptional educators from public schools in selected parts of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.
A stipulation for the winner is that $10,000 must be used for international travel to broaden the winner’s experience and enrich his/her classroom teaching.
In other business Monday night, school trustees heard three citizens comment on various issues, including Dave Strom, who asked more questions about the elimination of LORP and whose remarks are published in today’s Viewpoint.
Also addressing the board was the Rev. Frank Coleman, who requested that the school superintendent not ask that the 1969 federal mandate for hiring black and white administrators at the middle and high schools be vacated.
Coleman stressed that in his opinion “racism is still alive,” and he would not like to see a tool that has worked to preserve equal rights for all to be eliminated.
Steve Salley told the board that two recent programs — the Junior National Honor Society induction and the recent veterans program at Cluster Springs were outstanding — and good for the students. But he noted that the presentation of plaques to elementary school principals for their achieving SOL standards must have cost the system at least $300 and he saw little benefit from them.
Salley also questioned whether or not bids were sought for heating oil for the schools.
Trustees later in their meeting heard a report from Larry Roller about the condition of the roof at Halifax County High School. Roller said three sections of that roof need replacement including that over the vocational department and over the A wing and C wing. He estimated the total replacement cost at $1.2 million and said he hopes to be able to do at least one section of the three in the coming year.
Trustees also approved a request from Halifax County Little Theatre to carry out a feasibility study of the sound and lighting equipment in the high school auditorium for which they have received $1,000 to fund the study. Noting that the lighting and sound equipment has not been upgraded since the high school was built in 1979, they stressed that much of it no longer works or is very outdated.
Theatre group president Sandy Slayton said she has met with HCHS Principal Randolph Albert about the project and he supports it. She said her board will meet with representatives of the high school or school board and keep them updated on what can be done.
In other business, trustees said they are looking for a date, hopefully in December to meet with representatives of Prismatic to review the contents and recommendations from the efficiency study.
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