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Spring break moved
Board votes to synchronize with county

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Martinsville School Board, at its meeting Monday night, scheduled spring break for March 31 through April 4 next school year.

Schools Superintendent Pam Heath said she had preferred March 24-28 but recommended scheduling it March 31 to April 4 to coincide with the Henry County school division’s spring break.

In other business, Travis Clemons, the school division’s executive director of finance and development, reported the May 4 gala for the Martinsville City Public Schools Endowment so far has netted about $11,500 and money still is coming in.

The endowment began in 2007 as a component fund of the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, according to the school division’s website. Principal is invested, and only the interest from the principal is used to fund grants. “Creative instructional grants are (awarded) for innovative learning activities that otherwise would not be possible in your school budget,” the website states.

The endowment now has more than $250,000, Clemons said.

He also gave an update on renovations at Martinsville High School. He said, among other things:

• In building G (containing new science labs and commons), hard tile is almost complete in restrooms.

• In building M (the addition to the main building), flooring is 70 percent complete; painting, 90 percent; ACT (acoustical tile), 90 percent; door/hardware, 60 percent; MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), 95 percent.

• In building ABL (containing the cafeteria and mechanical rooms underneath), demolition is 85 percent complete, and plumbing and masonry are under way.

• In building F (the rear octagon, where the old science labs were), the enclosure and flooring are almost complete.

In other business, the school board:

• Approved policies providing accommodations for students with disabilities so they can earn “locally awarded verified credits” toward a standard diploma if they meet certain criteria. This is being done because the modified standard diploma is being eliminated starting with rising ninth-graders.

• Recognized Jaliyah Reynolds of Albert Harris Elementary for placing third in the Virginia School Boards Association Regional Art Forum and recognized Luis Rosas of Martinsville High School and Walesha Millner of Martinsville Middle School for participating in the regional art forum.

• Heard reports about achievements by several students in city and county schools in the National Society for Black Engineers. They included Justin France, a seventh-grade student at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, who won $500 in a technology essay contest; Reshona Blount, a senior at Bassett High School, won a $4,000 scholarship; and Luis Romero of Martinsville Middle School, who gave a presentation on engineering toys to engineers at a meeting in Washington, D.C.

• Accepted the resignations of Linda Cox, a teacher at the high school who is retiring; Michele Spencer, a teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary who is retiring; and Logan Stana, a teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary.

• Appointed, effective next school year, Jeanie Clark as a math teacher at the high school and Mary Compson as an English teacher at the high school.

• Made these coaching appointments for the high school: Gregg Dean, head coach, varsity cross country; Brian Chitwood, varsity football coordinator; Charlie Holland, head coach, varsity girls basketball; Robin Humlan, head coach, varsity volleyball; Mary Jennings, head coach, varsity football cheerleading; and Douglas Hankins, head coach, JV boys basketball.

• Heard about important upcoming dates. According to the school division’s website, they include the following:

City Council will hold a public hearing on the school budget at 7:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

Big M certificate winners from the elementary and middle schools will be honored Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at Martinsville Middle School auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Big M Trophy luncheon will be Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. By invitation only, the luncheon is for winners of the school division’s highest honor, the Big M Trophy, along with their families and most influential teachers.

The high school Big M awards ceremony will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Big M certificate and trophy winners from the high school will be honored.

The ceremony marking the transition from fifth to sixth grade will be on Monday, May 20, at Albert Harris Elementary and on Tuesday, May 21, at Patrick Henry Elementary (no times were listed). The Martinsville Middle School eighth-grade transition ceremony will be Tuesday, May 21, 6-7 p.m. at the school.

Wednesday, May 22, is the last day of school. Martinsville High School graduation will be Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

• Expressed thanks for senior Joseph Halpin having served two years as a non-voting student member of the school board.


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