ASHEBORO — Developing the best ideas with students in mind and securing the support to pursue those goals is what Randolph County educators advocated for during a special public hearing Monday.
“Think about where we’re going. Being innovative,” said Aaron Woody, superintendent of Asheboro City Schools.
The House Select Committee held a public hearing on “An Education System for North Carolina’s Future” at South Asheboro Middle School.
Renee Hayes was one of three speakers who requested to make comments following the formal presentation. The Asheboro woman said state leaders should follow the guidelines in place to make sure there’s proper funding in place.
“Support these teachers who are still in the classroom,” Hayes said. “For more than a decade (schools) have had to do more with less.”
Rhonda Dillingham, who described herself as a career educator, advocates for charter schools as the executive director of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools. She said concerns about the funding structure related to all public schools must be monitored.
Dillingham said decision-makers should assess situations where school districts and charter school collaborations have been successful.
Stephen Gainey, superintendent of the Randolph County Schools System, was the first presenter on the agenda. He pointed out the growth of programs that have made a difference within county schools.
“We need people who are engaged,” Gainey said.
Gainey also emphasized the positive relationship that has been formed for high school students through a connection with Randolph Community College.
Uwharrie Charter Academy superintendent Sharon Castelli said she appreciates how her school fits within the educational structure in Randolph County.
“Not one size does fit all,” Castelli said. “We’re all unique. We all offer different opportunities for our students.”
UCA has operated for about nine years. The school has grown from 181 students to more than 1,700.
Woody said reaching proper goals within schools is an ongoing process. One of the first steps is creating the missions that should be followed.
“Pushing on each other so the very best ideas for young people can rise to the top,” Woody said. “Making sure we’re listening and we’re thinking.”