Richmond County teachers report on Cordova transition

By: By Christine S. Carroll -

HAMLET — A report on how well former Cordova School students are doing at their new schools highlighted Tuesday’s meeting of the Richmond County Board of Education.

Three teachers reported a few bugs in the transition from classes consolidated at the old Cordova School to contained classrooms at scattered school sites but said that on the whole, the transition from one school to many had worked well for both their students and others. Teacher Tracey Flowers said after the meeting that one of her students was so popular that he had at least seven or eight girls competing for his attention on the school’s Daily Mile walking track.

Exceptional students are gaining a “real-world experience,” Flowers told board members. Some students help them negotiate the cafeteria lines, while others read with them one-to-one.

Teachers from Cordova Middle and Richmond County Senior High School reported the same kinds of interactions between students, with each group learning from the other.

“We have so much fun there,” Kim Covington said of the high school, whose coaches take her students for PE each Thursday. One day, she said, the school librarian told her she would be absent at story time. Overhearing her, a student gathered her friends and took over the task.

In other action, the school board:

• approved a raise of 90 cents an hour for each the district’s bus drivers. The money comes from a state allocation of $80,432 intended to recruit and retain drivers.

• decided to consolidate its banking transactions to First Bank. It had been using accounts in four banks.

• recognized Sharon Johnson, named the Department of Public Instruction’s Southwest Region Career and Technical Education administrator of the year. It is the second time Johnson, the district’s CTE director, has received the recognition. Under Johnson’s leadership, student certifications in career and technical fields have risen from 1,295 to 1,819 in 2017. Statewide, students have earned more than 150,000 such credentials.

By Christine S. Carroll

Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673.

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