HAMLET — Dannel Ellerbe and Melvin Ingram have teamed up again to help prepare students for school by offering to match all funds raised between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug.21 in the Walmart parking lot, and from 6:30-9 p.m. at Raider Stadium.
The two NFL stars will not be present, but in videos made by each of them now available for viewing, they will surely be there in spirit. Also, Ellerbe’s wife Shervella and Ingram’s sister Callie Ingram will be there to represent them.
Watch Ellerbe’s video at https://goo.gl/jXJk1o, and Ingram’s video at https://goo.gl/MWnrSd.
Not only do the two encourage people from all corners of the community to participate in this year’s school supply drive, but they have also stuffed 500 new bookbags with papers and pencils that will be given out to school-aged children on a first-come, first-served basis.
Businesses, individuals and other groups will have the opportunity to “sponsor” one of the windows on the school bus at each location Aug. 21 — to do this, they make a monetary donation and have their name or logo placed on the bus windows. Ellerbe and Ingram have agreed to match all funds raised by these sponsorships.
“Most of the funds will go to the purchase of school supplies,” said spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin. “But some will also be used to buy extra school uniforms and other items to serve our homeless population in the schools.”
Thublin said last year, the district raised more than $1,500 in monetary donations made by local businesses and groups sponsoring the bus windows.
In addition to Stuff the Bus Day, WSOC-TV has left drop boxes at Freedom Fitness, the Richmond County Department of Social Services, Richmond County Board of Education, the State Employees Credit Union, United Way of Richmond County, the Richmond County Aging Services office and Walmart of Rockingham.
NEW GRADING SYSTEM
Richmond County Schools also announced it will adopt the new 10-point grading scale beginning with the 2015-16 school year, according to Mike Williams of the central office.
“The 10-point grading scale passed by the state board is mandatory for grades 9-12 and optional for grades K-8. Any grade between 90-100 is an A, from 80-90 is a B, from 70-80 is a C, and from 60-70 is a D.”
Anything below that, Williams said, would be a failing grade.
“(The N.C. Department of Public Instruction is implementing a way to push out the new grading scale so teachers can modify their personal grade books,” Williams explained. “Once they push that out, it will automatically convert and the teachers will not have to go back and make changes to existing grades. What a child’s parent sees in Parent Portal will not change since we already have a numeric grading system.”
After going into closed session, the council approved the personnel report.
“Since May 30 we have hired 64 new personnel,” said Human Resources Director Julian Carter.
MEETING DATES CHANGE
The council announced that the regular meeting of the school board on Sept. 1 will take place instead on Sept. 8. The October meeting will take place on Oct. 6 as scheduled, but the November meeting has been moved from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9.
The school board meeting in December will take place Friday, Dec. 4 and will be a breakfast meeting with the location to be announced at a later date.
Reach reporter Melonie McLaurin at 910-817-2673 and follow her on Twitter @meloniemclaurin.