Notes from the Classroom for September 23

Union County Public Schools received a big pat on the back Wednesday, Sept.21 during a visit from the chairman of the State Board of Education.
Dr. Bill Harrison spent the morning touring various UCPS schools, accompanied by UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis and Board of Education members. Harrison said he tries to visit school systems across North Carolina.
“It’s an opportunity for me to see theexcellent things that are going on across the state,” he said.
Harrison started his trek to Union County by attending a lunch meeting with Job Ready Partnership held at ATI Allvac. Afterward, he started school tours.
Board of Education members David Scholl, Marce Savage and Sherry Hodges dropped in during various stages of Harrison’s visit, which encompassed East Elementary, Parkwood Middle and Marvin Ridge High School.
“I’m familiar with all the wonderful programs that exist in Union County Public Schools. I’m also aware of the high level of student achievement, particularly in the area of graduation rates,” he said. “I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Davis. Union County Public Schools is certainly a lighthouse for us in North Carolina. We’re really proud of you.”
Harrison dropped in on several classrooms at each school, speaking with staff and students. “I admire your commitment and the fact that you’re extending yourselves and applying yourselves,” Harrison told an International Baccalaureate class at Marvin Ridge High School. “I think our future is in great hands.”
Davis said after the visit that he was honored to have Harrison take the time to visit Union County Pubic Schools. “Having a visit from the State Board of Education Chair is always an honor. However, the honor is even greater when an educator with the experience and reputation of Dr. Bill Harrison visits and provides suchpositive feedback on the work our students and teachers are doing,” Davis said.
“Dr. Harrison has been there as a teacher, principal and superintendent and he knows good schools when he sees them,” Davis added. “I am happy that he spent some quality time with us and got to see first-hand the many great things happening in UCPS.”

– Information for this article was provided by Union County Public Schools

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