Randolph County Board of Ed honors teachers and students, re-elects leadership

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Schools Board of Education met Monday, Dec. 11 to honor educators, students, and to handle administrative matters.

The board reelected Gary Cook as board chair and Sharon Farlow as vice chair.

“I appreciate it,” Cook said. “It’s a lot of work and we talk a lot. Sometimes we have our moments, but you know, that’s okay. At the end of the day, I think this board… I watch some boards on Youtube and I hear stories and all, we’ve got something to be proud of. We really do because I truly believe the best interests of the students are here.”

The board recognized the 18 winners of the 2023-24 Randolph County School System Endowment Teacher Grants, supporting student needs, staff development, and other needs. The grant winners represent various schools across the district, including Anna Foster from Archdale Elementary and Leslie Jessup from Wheatmore High, among others.

“This grant program is made possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Community Foundation,” said Public Information Officer Amber Ward. “Recipients are selected by the RCS Endowment Committee.”

The total amount awarded was $6,438.67.

A number of Randolph County CTE students who recently earned national recognition were praised by the board as well.

The Providence Grove High School FFA Hunter Safety Team, composed of Austin Williams, Christian Swaim, Troy Blakley, Cooper Wright and Amelia Lackey, competed in the Eastern Regional Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The team took third place in archery and hunter safety trail and first place in the hunter safety test. Williams finished second in muzzleloader and third in the hunter safety test individually.

The Randleman High School Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event Team, composed of Brooklyn Sharpe, Ethan Hulin, Brandon Turner and Patrick Jones, competed in the National FFA Convention.

The team finished as a silver emblem team overall and Hulin was a gold finalist individually.

The Randolph County Schools Board of Education will next meet Jan. 8.

By Ryan Henkel, North State Journal