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The Board of Education recently met for their May meeting where they recognized several winners of grants from the Bladen County Educational Foundation. The $150 grants are to be used to help purchase additional instructional materials.

The following teachers and their respective schools were recognized for receiving the grant: Charlotte Mitchell of Elizabethtown Middle School, Holly Hatchell of Elizabethtown Primary, Sabrina Sasser of Dublin Primary School, Penny Guyton of Dublin Primary School, Renee Steele of Elizabethtown Middle School, Denise White of Dublin Primary School, Melanie Wohlford of Elizabethtown Primary, Kim Jones of West Bladen High School, Jennifer Marlowe of Clarkton School of Discovery, and Natasha McMillian of East Arcadia Elementary School.

Recent winners of the County-Wide Battle of the Books Competition were recognized. Elizabethtown Primary’s team won in the Elementary School Division; Bladenboro Middle won in the Middle School Division, and West Bladen won in the High School Division.

Nine West Bladen Foods 2 students were recognized for having earned ServSafe Certifications. Saul Ayala, Thomas Galin, Bridgette Munoz, Mireya Sandova, Itzel Zuniga, Caera Ransom, Jalen Baxley, Ashley Hickman, and Alyssa Smith were the students recognized for earning this certification.

East Bladen’s girls’ basketball team was recognized for its stellar season this year. The team had an overall record of 27-2, a conference record of 18-0, a conference player of the year, two All-Three Rivers Conference players, a coach’s All-District team player, a player on the North Carolina team in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic, a head coach named to the North Carolina team in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic, multiple Semper Fidelis Players of the Game, a conference leading points per game player, a second leading conference rebounds per game player, three conference leading assists per game players, two conference leading steals per game players, three conference leading blocks per game players, four conference leading field goal leaders per game players, one conference leading free throws per game player, two conference leading 3-point leaders per game players, and a head coach who won her 500th game during the season and who was named the All-Three Rivers Conference Coach of the Year. The team made it to the 2A state playoffs and ranked as high as fourth among 2A teams in the state.

Sara Gargala, Chase Lancaster, and Crystal Evers served as the team’s statisticians. Cadee Bryan served as their videographer, and Ting Lin was the team’s manager. Katie Evans, Erica McKoy, Lily Lin, Maya McDonald, Alexus Mitchell, Anna Kate White, Abbie Cross, Kabarah Moore, Patience Ward, Ashley Hardin, JaTyra Moore Peterson, and Lorna Mendell were the team’s players. The team was coached by Patty Evers, Alan West, and Megan Kirby.

The following teachers were announced as 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year for their respective schools: Stephanie Thurman of Bladenboro Middle, Kathryn Edge of Bladenboro Primary, Jennifer Everette of Bladen Lakes Primary, Joshua Parker of Clarkton School of Discovery, Courtney Brisson of Dublin Primary, Helen Carter of East Arcadia School, Sunday Allen of East Bladen High School, Dr. Frederica Renee Steele of Elizabethtown Middle, Demetris Jacobs of Elizabethtown Primary, Linda Douglas of Plain View Primary, Larissa Kulikoski of Tar Heel Middle, Gaye Davis of West Bladen High School, and Mary McLean-Smith of Bladen Early College High School. Dr. Frederica Renee Steele of Elizabethtown Primary was named as the County-Wide Teacher of the Year. Stephanie Norris of Clarkton School of Discovery was chosen as the County-Wide Principal of the Year.

Attendance Awards for the month of May were presented. Plain View Primary won in the Elementary School Division; Bladenboro Middle won in the Middle School Division, and Bladen Early College won in the High School Division.

After hearing a financial summary for information purposes only, receiving an NCVPS update, hearing information on an Equipment Assistance Grant, and receiving a Drop Out Prevention Report, the board approved overnight field trips and EC Contracts (which were both grouped together in a consent agenda), a CTE local plan, an AIG plan, and two budget amendments.

Following those actions, the board went into closed session to discuss personnel, student transfers, and legal issues.

Upon reconvening into open session, they proceeded to approve Certified/Classified Personnel Items as recommended by Antonia Beatty, Personnel Director, and then adjourned.

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