More than a hundred board of education members, superintendents and school district administrators from across southeastern North Carolina convened in Kinston last week for the annual District 2 meeting of the North Carolina School Board Association.
The meeting, held Sept. 8 at Kinston High School, was hosted by Lenoir County Public Schools and led by Jon Sargeant, chair of the Lenoir County Board of Education and district president of NCSBA. District 2 is made up of 12 counties from Brunswick, the southernmost, to Greene at its northern limit.
In addition to business sessions, attendees heard from Ed Dunlap, association executive director, about the consortium’s services to school boards; from Leanne Winner, government relations director, about recent legislation and the association’s proposed legislative agenda for 2017; and from the association’s legal counsel on issues affecting school boards and districts.
“I was very pleased and proud to have our district host the North Carolina School Boards Association regional meeting and professional development sessions,” LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams said. “The event was a wonderful opportunity to share with school board members, superintendents and other school administrators throughout our region some of the innovative initiatives, programs and strategies that our teachers and school leaders are using to move LCPS forward.”
A session on the district’s digital learning initiative – also called “one-to-one” because each student is equipped with a digital device, an iPad in the case of LCPS students – gave the district a chance to highlight a program where it is among the state’s leaders.
“The session attendees were full of questions and excitement as they were looking for ways to implement either a one-to-one within certain schools in their district or one-to-one for every child in their district,” Stacy Cauley said.
Cauley, now principal of Moss Hill Elementary School, helped lead the iPad rollout over the past two years as the district’s digital learning instructional coordinator. She and Charles White, the district’s media and technology coordinator, conducted the workshop for NCSBA members.
“The audience was very attentive and focused on what has made Lenoir County so successful with going one-to-one,” Cauley said. “There was definitely excitement and hope that this could be something feasible for their counties. LCPS extended the offer for site visits so that attendees could see how powerful the iPad can be when truly extending learning through full integration.”
A catered dinner, served underneath a veritable current of championship banners in the high school’s gymnasium, capped the evening, with entertainment by the North Lenoir High School jazz ensemble and a vocal trio composed of North Lenoir students Anna Marshburn, Abigail Marshburn and Makayla Jarman.
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