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Randolph County School System expands free lunch program

Randolph County School System expands free lunch program

All elementary and middle schools will be able to offer free meals Randolph County Schools Board of Education was presented with the list of schools that will be operating under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2024-25 school year. “School Nutrition plans to expand the Community Eligibility Provision or CEP program to all middle schools, Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 and Eastern Randolph High School,” Kelly Green, director of school nutrition, said a May meeting. “As you may know, this past school year, we added all elementary schools, Ramseur Elementary has been operating under it since 2015, and Southeastern Randolph Middle.”…
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Randolph students to get Election day, March 5, off

Randolph students to get Election day, March 5, off

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Schools Board of Education tweaked this year’s school calendar at its Monday, Feb. 12. meeting, adding election day — Tuesday, March 5 — as an additional teacher work day. “Due to the March 2024 primary election being held on March 5, 2024 as well as… several schools… being used as polling sites, the following revision is being recommended for approval,” said executive director of operations Dale Brinkley. ‌“With all of this going on, we just felt like it was an appropriate safety measure with the presidential primaries,” said Superintendent Stephen Gainey. He told the board…
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RCSS board incumbent Sink won’t be on ballot

RCSS board incumbent Sink won’t be on ballot

Photo: Mike Sink ASHEBORO – There will be at least one new member of the Randolph County School System’s board of education after the 2024 voting with incumbent Mike Sink choosing not to seek re-election. There are four spots on the 2024 ballot for the seven-member board. Board chairman Gary Cook and fellow incumbents Sharon Petty Farlow of Sophia and Tracy Boyles of Denton have filed to keep seats. Farlow is the board’s vice chair. Rana Gantt of Trinity and Todd Cutler of Asheboro are the other candidates to file by last week’s deadline. Sink, who turns 75 in January,…
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Randolph County School Board examines dropout data, low-performing schools

Randolph County School Board examines dropout data, low-performing schools

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Schools Board of Education met Monday, Oct. 16, with updates on various district items, including new data on dropout rates, a list of underperforming schools, and details on some received grants and a financial audit. RCS had 111 dropouts for the 2021-22 school year, a decrease from the previous year. “We report 7-12 grade dropouts,” said Executive Director of Administrative Services for Students Edwina Ashworth, noting that this data is for the 2021-2022 school year. “The school system as a whole was at 1.5% and the state as a whole was 1.54%.” For the 2008-09…
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Randolph County School System issues more than 1,000 diplomas

Randolph County School System issues more than 1,000 diplomas

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Schools Board of Education met Monday, Aug. 21, with a variety of informational items to be presented to the board.  The first information item that was presented to the board was an update on Apprenticeship Randolph.   According to its website, Apprenticeship Randolph is “an opportunity for juniors and seniors living and/or learning in Randolph County to get a jump start on a professional career in our booming local industries.”  Students get on-job training, experience and an Associates of Applied Science from Randolph Community College.  "Apprenticeship Randolph's Signing Ceremony and Graduation was held at Randolph Community…
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RCS to consider closing The Virtual Academy by the 2024-25 school year

RCS to consider closing The Virtual Academy by the 2024-25 school year

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Schools Board of Education met Monday, May 15, with multiple recognitions and presentations on the agenda. The board started off the meeting by recognizing the national qualifiers among the different Career and Technical Student Organizations from the local schools. “Each year, students in Career and Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs, compete in local, regional, and state events to demonstrate skills that they have acquired through curriculum activities and individual efforts outside of the classroom,” said Public Information Officer Tim Moody. “They compete against students from across our state with the hope of earning a chance…
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Board of Education approves changes to 2023-24 school calendar

Board of Education approves changes to 2023-24 school calendar

ASHEBORO — The Randolph Board of Education met Monday, March 20, with a few budgetary updates and items on the agenda. The board was presented with the outcome of a grant application submitted by New Market Elementary School. “New Market Elementary School received a Donors Choose Grant in the amount of $224.00 on March 7, 2023,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cathy Waddell. “The grant will provide funding to purchase items for students to prepare and track their running mileage in the school’s Go Far Club.” The board was also presented with the first draft of the proposed…
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Board of Education accepts grant to help supply new SROs

Board of Education accepts grant to help supply new SROs

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Education met Monday, February 20, with mostly financial updates and dealings on the agenda.  Superintendent Stephen Gainey presented to the board a current expense request to be brought before the Randolph Board of Commissioners in May for a supplement increase for classified employees. “The new current expense request will be a supplement increase for classified employees by 1.5%,” Gainey said. “The total cost of this additional current expense request will be $430,000, and if approved, it would take our supplement percentage for classified employees from 3.75% to 5.25%.” “Many times when the state…
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Randolph Early College senior recognized before board of education for United States Presidential Scholar selection

Randolph Early College senior recognized before board of education for United States Presidential Scholar selection

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Board of Education met Monday, Jan. 9 with recognitions and quarterly updates the only items on the agenda. The board recognized the 2023 United States Presidential Scholar Nominee, Toby Cuna Zamora. “Toby Cuna Zamora, a senior at Randolph Early College High School, has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as one of North Carolina’s nominees to apply for the United States Presidential Scholars Program in the General Education category,”  said Public Information Officer Tim Moody. “Nineteen nominees were selected from a pool of submissions through an extensive committee review process.…
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Hearing provides chance for sharing educational ideas

Hearing provides chance for sharing educational ideas

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…
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