Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

School board approves bank

The Lee County Board of Education decided Tuesday to continue to bank with BB&T, which is based in Winston-Salem. The finance and personnel committee made the recommendation after meeting last month.

The bank will renew the contract with no changes for the coming year.


September 9, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

School board agenda posted

The Lee County Board of Education posted this morning its agenda for tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting at the Lee County Government Center. There are several items of interest.

  • Superintendent Jeff Moss will give an update about the district’s allocation of state money, as well as talk about a planned partnership with Progress Energy to apply for an energy-savings grant.
  • Some items on the consent agenda include a contract for Hite Associates for the design plans of renovations and construction at Lee County High School. That contract would have to gain further approval from the Lee County Board of Commissioners. It would compensate the firm 7 percent of the cost of renovations and $600,000 for the new classroom building.
  • An agreement with Paxton/Patterson to expand the school district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program to all three middle schools.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

Lee County Schools posts bus routes

Lee County Schools has posted bus routes for the 2009-10 school year, which begins Tuesday. The district also has a list of bus safety tips.

View the bus routes here.

Also, here are some tips from the school district:

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Obey the bus driver.
  • Once seated, remain quietly in your seat.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  • Keep your arms, legs, and head inside the bus.
  • Do not throw things out of the window.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

Delving into Lee County Schools’ ABCs

Here is a further breakdown of Lee County Schools’ ABC statewide testing performance. Assistant Superintendent Andy Bryan presented the results this week to the Lee County Board of Education.

READING:     3rd grade         4th grade       5th grade         6th grade
57.5%                  58.2%               54.6%                      59.2%              
66.7%                 68.8%               65.7%                       71.5%

79.1%                  78.2%               75.1%                       67.8%             
88.3%                 84.4%               81.8%                      81.5%

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , , | Leave a comment

A look at Lee County school board expenses

Below is a copy of the Lee County Board of Education’s expenses by individual school member for 2008-09. (Use the plus button to zoom in.)

View this document on Scribd

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

All Lee County schools meet state standards

All of Lee County’s public schools met expected progress on their end-of-grade and end-of-course exams as measured by ABC testing. (View results here)

The results were verified by the State Board of Education on Thursday. The districts had previously released federal results based on the tests (Adequate Yearly Progress results).

Southern Lee High School and Lee County High School made high progress, even though they did not meet AYP standards.

Tramway Elementary and West Lee Middle School were named as schools of distinction.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

Tramway plans parent nights

Year-round school Tramway Elementary School began a new year Monday. Parent information nights will be held on the following days (all will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.):

  • Kindergarten: Wednesday
  • First grade: July 28
  • Second grade: July 23
  • Third grade: July 21
  • Fourth grade: July 27
  • Fifth grade July 30

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

Freshman orientation planned

Lee County Schools has announced its freshman orientation for the 2009-10 school year.

At the orientation, incoming freshmen can meet their teachers and classmates and start to get used to the new environment. The school district aims for it to help ensure a smooth transition for students.

Lee Early College Freshman Orientation will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 PM at the CCCC Fitness Center.

Lee County High and Southern Lee High will hold freshman orientation at each campus Thursday Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. through noon.

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

BackPack Pals going strong

From Heather Little, founder of BackPack Pals, about recent financial problems at Communities in Schools of Lee County (BPP is run under the umbrella of CIS, though it gets all its support from the community and volunteers).

Dear Supporters of BPP,

Hope you all are looking forward to a safe and Happy 4th! As some of you probably read this morning in the Sanford Herald, Communities in Schools announced they have reduced staff as of July 1.                  Unfortunately, with the economy CIS has suffered financially.
I would like all of you to know that BackPack Pals has thrived during our first year.  As a program of CIS, we will not be affected by these recent changes. The money that comes into our program goes to purchase food or the occasional book bag, none of our program money goes into providing for CIS expenses.
We have a strong year behind us, and I know we will continue to grow and flourish in the upcoming school year. We will still be counting on our community, that’s you, to help accomplish this. That means we will still be in need of you to volunteer, to donate food items and to donate monetarily if you can.
Please continue to pray, not just for BackPack Pals, but also for Communities in Schools. God has done so many wonderful things for us, and I know that a little thing like the economy can’t stand in his way! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me or call.  Thanks again for your continued support.

Heather Little

July 5, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

Introducing Lee County Dancing with the Stars

Communities in Schools of Lee County has announced its 17 couples who will be performing in the nonprofit organization’s August fundraiser “Dancing with the Lee County Stars.”

Those couples will be:

4 First Name Last Name Place of Business
5 1 Dancer Bud Hunter Carolina Shagg & Sanford Nautilus
6 Star Jan Stewart Director of Pharmacy- CCH
8 2 Dancer Karla Koballa Cooper Mechanical (SASS)?
9 Star Wing Man Tam Wyeth
11 3 Dancer Dana Slate kelly’s School of Dance
12 Star Carl Bryan CCCC- Department Chair of Social Science & Wellness and PE Instructor
14 4 Dancer Cortney McCullough Lee County Partnership for Children
15 Star Billy Liggett The Sanford Herald
17 5 Dancer Dana Atkins DWA Photography
18 Star Gregg Hamm Café 121/LCHS
20 6 Dancer Carolyn Schaeffer Carolina Trace Players
21 Star Mike Neal Representing Deep River School & CCCC
23 7 Dancer Courtney Smith daughter of Jeff
24 Star Jeff Smith Lee Tire & Supply & Swap Shop WWGP
26 8 Dancer Scott Schaeffer Carolina Trace Players
27 Star Jo (Josephine) Jarrett Hanes Brand/ Chamber Chair
29 9 Dancer Kenneth Neilsen DK Clay
30 Star Paige Cabe Paige Cabe Attorney at Law
32 10 Dancer Audrey Stone Greenwood counselor
33 Star Bill Stone 4-H
35 11 Dancer Amy Burns Amy’s Confection Company
36 Star Joe Delvechio Local Joes
38 12 Dancer David Morse Sports World
39 Star Toni Davenport J.T. Davenport
41 13 Dancer Stephanie McQuain Carter Bank & Trust
42 Star Brad Hunter School Dude and House of Pain Wrestling
44 14 Dancer John Mangum Sanford Medical Group
45 Star Ellen Mangum Lee County School Board & St. Luke Preschool
47 15 Dancer Janel Livingston Dr. Livingston’s Daughter
48 Star Tracy Carter Sheriff
50 16 Dancer Matt LaSasso Liberty University senior
51 Star Katherine Southard Miss NC
56 18 Dancer Edwardo (Dwight) Hollingsworth CCCC- Comostology Instructor
57 Star Joni Pavlik CCCC- Dean Business Technologies

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment