For the Children
Board of Public Education 1
2008-2009 Quick Facts 1
2008-2009 Budget 2
From the Superintendent . . .
. . . Stephen L. Page, Ed.D.
The Henderson County Public Schools is pleased
to present its 2008-2009 Annual Report, For The
Children. It is our goal to base all of our choices
and decisions on what is best for the children. Our
number one target is to provide our students the
opportunity, the assistance, the guidance, and the
encouragement to learn so that they will have every
chance to reach their potential and be successful.
As you read through this report, we hope that it will
be evident to you that we focus on the child.
We have a Board of Public Education that
is committed to providing children with the
necessary tools to succeed in their education. Our
excellent instructional staff is focused and has
the common goal of helping all students perform
at their highest potential. We have dedicated
administrators at the school and central office
who share a common goal of doing what is best
for the children and providing support to teachers
and support staff. From the cafeteria workers, to
the bus drivers, to the childcare workers, everyone
has the common aim of doing what is best for the
children. Added to the many employees who work
for the children are over 2,400 volunteers who
give their time and support daily to the children.
Without their unselfish assistance, we would not
be the successful school system we are today.
We continue to be faced with difficult economic
times. We have evaluated our programs, our needs,
and our personnel so that we will be efficient with
our resources. As stakeholders in the education of
the most valuable asset of our country – our children
– you can be assured that we will continue to, not
only work hard, but also work smart to achieve the
quality of success that is expected in the Henderson
County Public Schools. Thank you for taking the
time to peruse this report. Your comments and
suggestions are always welcome.
New Facilities For The Children 3
Instruction For The Children 4, 5, 6, 7
ABCs of Public Education and AYP 8, 9
ABCs and AYP Background 9
Principal of the Year 10
Teacher of the Year 10
Professional Performance 11
Staff Recognitions 11
Student Accomplishments 12, 13, 14
For The Children 15, 16
Henderson County Public Schools
will provide all students
the opportunity to learn and the
encouragement to succeed
in a safe environment.
We will honor the individual
and nurture the potential
of all children.
The Henderson County Public School
System is governed by a seven-member
Board of Public Education whose primary
functions are to establish and oversee the
implementation of policies for the operation
of the school district. Members are elected
on a non-partisan county-wide basis. The
chairperson and vice chairperson are elected
by the Board. Board members do not have
offices at the HCPS administrative building,
but correspondence may be delivered or
mailed to the offices.
Regular School Board meetings are held
the second Monday of each month at the
system’s Administrative Offices. School
Board visits are made to one of the system’s
23 schools the Friday prior to the meeting.
All meetings are announced in advance
through the local media. Regular business
meetings are open to the public. Individuals
who wish to address the Board may do so.
School Board members are: Mr. Ervin
W. Bazzle (Chairperson), Mrs. Melissa
L. Maurer (Vice Chairperson), Mr. C.
Shannon Baldwin, Mrs. Mary Louise
Corn, Mrs. Lisa T. Edwards, Mrs. Jane S.
Orwoll, and Mr. Rick R. Wood.
When I began this journey on the School
Board over 13 years ago, I did not know
that I would find the passion for education
that I have found. The challenges we faced
as a Board then are just as relevant today.
We continue to challenge each student’s
ability and offer them a chance to succeed
because it is the right thing to do. The
Henderson County Public Schools is one
of the best school systems in the state –
not by accident, but by commitment and
My appreciation grows daily for the
teachers, administrators, and support staff
that work so diligently for our children. As
you read the Student Accomplishments,
our students’ abilities, dedication, and
competitiveness are evident. Take time to
talk with a child, find out what his or her
goals are and give encouragement. Parents
and community, take time to thank the school
staff whose “Focus Is On Every Child.”
---Ervin W. Bazzle, HCBPE Chairperson
2008-2009 Quick Facts
• The system consists of 23 schools
(13 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high,
1 education center, and 1 early college
• There is over 2 million square feet
• The 20th day membership (9/22/08)
was 13,324 students.
• Average class size of 20 in grades K-2.
• There are over 1800 employees. Of
these, there are 921 teachers and 304
• The system has 213 National Board
• 20 schools operate on a Traditional
Schedule of 9-week grading periods.
• Bruce Drysdale Elementary and
Hendersonville Elementary Schools
operate on a Flexible Schedule
(9-week grading periods followed
by 3-week intersessions).
• East Henderson, North Henderson, and
West Henderson High Schools operate on
a 4x4 schedule (four 90-minute class periods
per day, four courses per semester, with a
possible 8 units of credit earned per year).
• Hendersonville High School operates on
a 7-period day (seven 50-minute class
periods per day with a possible 7 units of
credit earned per year).
• The system operates a fleet of 154 buses
(110 regular yellow school buses, 28 activity
buses, 4 vocational buses, and 12 spare
buses). A total of 1,052,847 miles was
traveled transporting an average of 6,191
students at a cost of $2.51 per mile.
• The Child Nutrition Department prepared
and served 502,764 breakfasts and
1,711,094 lunches during 2008-2009.
Forty-seven point eighty-eight percent
of HCPS’ students qualified for the
North Carolina Free/Reduced Meal
• Henderson County Public Schools has
system-wide accreditation through the
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools and the Council on Accreditation
and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
It is the policy of the
Henderson County Public School System
not to discriminate on the basis of race,
ethnic origin, sex, or disability in its educational
programs, activities, or employment policies.
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Total 2008-2009 Budget
HCPS Comparative Financial Data
Note: Henderson County ranked 17 out of
100 counties in North Carolina in per
capita income ($33,500) for 2007 (latest
comparative data available). Henderson
County’s unemployment rate of 8.8% as
of December 2009 was 2.4% below the
seasonally adjusted rate for North Carolina
for the same time period.
2008-2009 Final ADM
(Average Daily Membership)
Local Current Expense Fund $ 24,517,822
State Public School Fund $ 73,033,298
Federal Grants Fund $ 10,770,677
• Child Nutrition $6,843,029
• Childcare 1,304,111 $ 8,147,140
Capital Outlay Fund $ 3,943,280
Total Budget $120,412,217
State Rank: 29 out of 115 School Systems*
2008-2009 Per Pupil Current Expenditures
(Child Nutrition Excluded):
Local Per Pupil Expenditures: $1,635.03*
State Average = $1,919.69
State Rank: 51 out of 115 School Systems*
State Per Pupil Expenditures
State Average = $5,650.84
State Rank: 101 Out of 115 School Systems*
Budget by Object (Service or Commodity Associated with Expenditure)
Salaries and Benefits $93,717,225 77.83%
Supplies and Materials $10,451,942 8.68%
Purchased Services $11,486,410 9.54%
Capital Outlay $4,443,190 3.69%
Other $313,450 0.26%
Federal Per Pupil Expenditures
State Average = $609.26
State Rank: 75 Out of 115 School Systems*
Total Per Pupil Expenditures
State Average = $8,179.79
State Rank: 102 Out of 115 School Systems*
2008-2009 Per Pupil
Capital Outlay Expenditures:
Five-Year Average Capital Outlay Expenditure
Per Pupil $223.61*
State Rank: 101 Out of 115 School Systems*
*Figures from the Department of Public Instruction
Budget by Purpose (Broad Category of Expenditures)
Instructional Services $86,779,047 72.07%
Supporting Services $22,406,939 18.61%
Community Services $7,950,543 6.60%
Other $3,275,688 2.72%
What do we mean by...
• Instructional Services – Activities dealing directly with the teaching
of pupils and/or the interaction between teachers and pupils, including
• Supporting Services – Services that do not directly affect the
classroom but facilitate and enhance instruction, such as transportation,
technology, administration, business services, and maintenance.
• Capital Projects – Expenditures for the acquisition, construction or
renovation of facilities, and for the purchase of equipment and vehicles.
• Community Services – Services that are not directly related to the
provision of education, such as child nutrition and childcare services.
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New Facilities For the Children
The Dana Elementary construction/renovation project was undertaken
in three phases: Phase IA, Phase IB, and Phase II. Phase IA consisted
of the construction of 17 new kindergarten, first, and second grade
classrooms; an administrative area; and a cafeteria and kitchen. Phase
IB consisted of renovations made to eight existing classrooms; the
computer lab; resource room; guidance area; student rest rooms; and the
media center. Phase II consisted of the converting the old cafeteria to
two art classrooms; renovating the gymnasium; renovating the old fifth
grade classrooms; and adding an enclosed hallway that connects all the
buildings. The project was completed in December 2008. Dedication
activities were held at the school on April 26, 2009.
Four-hundred sixty-nine students began the 2008-2009
school year in the new 89,600 square foot Sugarloaf
Elementary School. The school was built to relieve
overcrowding at Clear Creek, Dana, Edneyville, and
Fletcher Elementary Schools. Dedication activities were
held at the school on October 5, 2008.
Hillandale Elementary and Mills River Elementary
Construction began in May 2008 on new schools for Hillandale and Mills
River. The schools will be the first in the county to have LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environment Design) certification with the United States
Green Building Council. Each school will provide learning space to 722
students, with a core of 800 students for future expansion. The schools house
32 classrooms, a cafeteria, a media center, an art room, and a gymnasium.
Phase II redistricting decisions were made for the Hillandale and Mills River
districts during 2008-2009. The redistricting impacted six elementary schools
(Atkinson, Etowah, Glenn C. Marlow, Hillandale, Mills River, and Upward).
New district lines were drawn resulting in the moving of some students from
the Atkinson and Upward district to the new Hillandale district. Students
were moved from the Etowah and Glenn C. Marlow district to the new Mills
River district. The schools were completed in July and will open for students
in the 2009-2010 school year.
Coming in 2009-2010
Henderson County Public Schools will bid a two-story, 43,000
s.f. addition to North Henderson High and Apple Valley Middle
Schools. The addition will have 29 classrooms, new group
toilets, and all the necessary support space, including teacher
work rooms, resource rooms, and offices. The first floor will be
for Apple Valley and the second floor for North High. Moseley
Architects will be leading the design team.
Mills River Elementary
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Instruction For the Children
The school district’s instructional focus continues to be aligned to the latest research
on effective schools and effective instructional practices. Five instructional strategies
– extending and refining (higher order thinking skills), student summarizing
techniques, teaching vocabulary in context, using advanced organizers to scaffold
student learning, and using graphic organizers – are used by teachers.
The common language of Learning-Focused® instructional strategies and
collaborative planning allows teachers to communicate better with each other,
with support staff, and specialists. Elementary principals work to provide
larger blocks of interrupted instructional time in the classrooms. Some of the
elementary schools arrange the school day so that teachers on the same grade
level have common planning each day in order to share best practices and
collaborate on planning instructional lessons.
School-wide walkthroughs have become a tool used to ensure that essential
questions, summarizers, content area vocabulary word walls, and research-based
teaching strategies are consistent and pervasive in all classrooms. Teams of
principals and teachers periodically visit classrooms to look for these practices
and to gain ideas from other teachers. There continues to be a focus in writing
across the curriculum to emphasize higher level thinking skills in all content
areas. Many schools have multimedia carts for each grade level containing
a document camera, a data projector, and a laptop that assist with the use of
integrated technology across the curriculum.
All schools select a professional learning focus for the school year that is within
our framework for improvement. Our instructional coaches and other teacherleaders
facilitate the professional learning sessions which is an ongoing process
throughout the school year. Many of our schools conduct book studies on a
variety of instructional and educational topics throughout the year. For example,
many schools completed a book study on Ruby Payne’s book, A Framework
for Understanding Poverty, and used the information to bridge the gap between
school and home for students.
English Language Learners (ELL)
The 2008-2009 school year was another transition year for the Henderson
County Public Schools English as a Second Language (ESL)/Migrant Education
program. Statewide, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
became part of the WIDA, or World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment,
consortium. WIDA provides research-based English language development
assessments and a framework for effective ESL instruction.
ESL collaborated with Title I and Exceptional Children programs to provide
Co-Teaching training for eight ESL staff. ESL also collaborated with the Boys
and Girls Club to provide a summer “Jump Start” Reading program for Migrant
students (a program that was showcased by DPI at a fall Title I conference).
Due to federal authorities imposing a new stipulation late in the school year,
86 North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEA), representing 72% of the
state’s public school systems (of which HCPS was one), were cited for failing
to exit a sufficient percentage of ELLs from ESL status for two consecutive
years. The District’s current plan will be revision in Spring 2010 to increase the
percentage of students exiting the program.
New for 2009-2010 in ELL
Several goals for 2009-2010 have been established for the program. They
include: raising ESL sub-group test scores to proficiency levels comparable to
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other HCPS sub-group rates; meeting all Annual Measurable Achievement
Objectives (AMAO) requirements; assuring that staff-student ratios are as
low as possible and no greater than 1-50 with highly qualified teachers at each
school, and that ESL staff is utilized to maximum effectiveness; providing
high quality professional development including training in Co-Teaching and
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or SIOP; and advocating for and
provide quality services to migrant students.
The Exceptional Children’s Program in Henderson County Public Schools
serves children with disabilities from age 3 through 21. The program focuses
on providing quality special education services for children with a wide
variety of disabilities. Approximately 1,616 children (slightly over 12% of
the total number of children enrolled in HCPS) are identified as children
with disabilities. The Exceptional Children’s Program continues to sponsor
ongoing Research to Practice Reading Foundations’ training that includes
extensive documentation of the most effective reading practices. Read 180
and System 44, a comprehensive reading instructional program, is in the first
year of implementation at all the middle schools, East Henderson High, and
the Balfour Education Center.
All Henderson County middle schools currently implement the Co-Teaching
Inclusion Model. This model pairs an Exceptional Children’s teacher and a
regular education teacher in classrooms with heterogeneously grouped students.
Instruction is geared to a variety of learning styles, with both teachers sharing
the responsibility for planning, lesson delivery, and evaluation.
The categorical breakdown for children with disabilities served by the program
during 2008-2009 was as follows: Autistic (111); Intellectual Disability Severe
(1); Orthopedically Impaired (2); Learning Disabled (644); Emotionally
Disabled (79); Traumatic Brain Injured (3); Developmentally Delayed (109);
Multi-handicapped (35); Intellectual Disability Mild (106); Intellectual
Disability Moderate (33); Speech/Language Impaired (207); Other Health
Impaired (263); Hearing Impaired (19); and Visually Impaired (4).
The number of students who dropped out of school decreased in 2008-2009
from 177 to 130. (A student is not considered a dropout until the 20 th day of
the next school year.) The graph below gives the dropout trends for HCPS.
2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
The Balfour Education Center is a major part of the system’s dropout prevention
initiative. The Center has five different satellite programs – Alternative Learning,
C-STOP, HomeLink, Newcomer Center, and Vocational Center. These programs
are open to HCPS students in grades 6-12. The Vocational Center serves students
in grades 9-12. There is also an Early Head Start program on the campus for
students with children between the ages of two months and two years.
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Physical education teachers in grades K-12
successfully implemented the Childhood
Obesity Prevention Demonstration Project
Grant. They received training in SPARK
(Sports, Play and Active Recreation for
Kids) curriculum and in conducting student
fitness assessments. Fitness assessment
data was loaded into a software program
called Fitnessgram along with such data
on students from counties across the
state. The SPARK training (a researchbased
physical education program
that emphasizes increased moderate to
vigorous physical activity in students,
fitness achievement, academic achievement,
sport skills development, and enjoyment
of physical education) was conducted by
the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics,
Health, Physical Education, Recreation,
and Dance through a grant from the Kate
B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
Apple Valley Middle – A 2009 School to Watch
Apple Valley Middle was
one of only three middle
schools in North Carolina
to be named a 2009 School
to Watch by the National
Forum to Accelerate Middle
Grades Reform. The school
was selected for its academic
to the needs of young adolescents, and commitment to helping
all students succeed. Apple Valley Middle’s selection brings the
total number of Henderson County “Middle Schools to Watch” to
three and North Carolina’s total to 32 middle schools. For more
information about Schools to Watch, visit the Forum’s website at
Bruce Drysdale Elementary – 2008 Plaque School
Bruce Drysdale was selected
as a Plaque School in the
North Carolina Positive
Behavior Support (PBS)
Initiative Annual Recognition
program. The school and
the PBS school team have
achieved excellent results
by working together to use
Bruce Drysdale school data
to implement research-based practices and to develop supportive
systems to teach all students new behaviors. For more information
on the North Carolina Positive Behavior Support Initiative,
visit the positive behavior link at www.ncpublicschools.org/
Henderson County Early College High School
The Henderson County Early College High School is located on the Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock campus. The Early
College High School (ECHS) is an innovative public high school partnership between Henderson County Public Schools and Blue
Ridge Community College with the support of a five-year grant (totaling over $1.5 million) from the North Carolina New Schools
Project. It targets students who are first generation college goers or those students who would not otherwise have ready access to
college. The students will follow the Blue Ridge Community College calendar with a few variations.
The process for the Early College High School began in 2008-2009 when Henderson County Public Schools received a $40,000
Early College planning grant. The planning grant covered the cost of a change coach or facilitator, core leadership team training,
expenses for site visits, and training for the principal and staff. A leadership team was formed comprised of teachers, counselors,
school administrators, central office administrators, and Blue Ridge Community College instructors and administrators. The team
made site visits to Rutherford County Early College High School, Caldwell County Early College High School, Buncombe County
Early College High School, and Memphis, Tennessee to observe how other systems handled early college high school.
The student selection process began in April and was completed in June. Students who applied for enrollment in the Early College
High School wrote an essay about why they wanted to attend and listed some of their interests. Seventy-eight students were
selected to attend the school – 41 ninth graders and 36 tenth graders (37% male and 63% female).
Staff for the Early College High School consists of a principal, four certified teachers (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies),
a guidance counselor, and an office administrative assistant. Students take high school courses as well as college courses. When
they complete the program, the students will graduate in five years with a high school diploma and two years of college transferable
credit or an Associate’s degree – all tuition free.
Vision Statement: Every student will achieve academic success while being assisted by caring,
highly qualified teachers and staff within a community that supports public education.
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Graduation Statistics – Class of 2009
The Class of 2009 had 825 graduates. Of this number, 163 students
were North Carolina Scholars and 94 students were Career and
Technical Education Scholars. (The graduation rate is defined
as the percentage of 9 th graders who graduated in four years.)
The HCPS graduation rate for 2009 was 79.3% – the 4 th highest in
the Western Region (comprised of 17 systems). Hendersonville
High School, with a 95% graduation rate, was one of two systems
in North Carolina with the highest graduation rate for its cohort
size (100-199 students). Pictured below is Hendersonville High
Teacher of the Year Alan Broadhurst, State Superintendent June
Atkinson, Hendersonville High Principal Bobby Wilkins, former
Governor James Hunt, and HCPS Superintendent Stephen L.
Page receiving the award at the recognition/reception in Raleigh.
2009 Top Scholars Banquet
Carolina First Bank served as the corporate
sponsor for the 2009 Top Scholars Banquet.
The Banquet was held at the Blue Ridge
Community College Technology Education
and Development Center Conference Hall.
Dr. Ron Moffitt (a Hendersonville High
School graduate, Morehead Scholar, and
local physician) was the keynote speaker.
Eighty-four top scholars from our four high
schools were recognized. This was the 5th
year the Academic Excellence Banquet has
A few quick facts about the 2008-2009 top
• 54 were females
• 30 were males
• average GPA was 4.57
• average SAT score was 1841
• average Math score was 621
• average Verbal score was 616.1
• average Writing score was 601.8
• average ACT score was 26.79.
After Graduation Plans of the HCPS 2009 Graduates
Post-secondary education 87.15% Military 2.90%
Four-year college 47.03% Employment 9.33%
Junior College/Tech School 40.00% Other 0.61%
2008-2009 Student Membership
13,324 students (20 th day 9/22/08)
American Indian 0.36%
The Henderson County Public Schools continues to perform above the state average on test scores, teacher quality, principal
quality, technology, safety, and attendance. It is well above the state average in the percentage of students scoring at or
above grade level on End-of-Grade tests in grades three through eight. Seventy-nine point five percent of the system’s third
through eighth graders scored at or above grade level on the state reading test as compared to 67.6 percent across the state.
In math 90.4 percent of HCPS students were proficient, compared to the only 80 percent across the state. In reading, 80
percent of the system’s seventh graders were at or above grade level in reading, while only 65 percent of the state’s seventh
graders were proficient.
Students of different ethnicity and students with disabilities also tested higher as compared to their peers across the state in the
reading and writing tests. Eighty-two percent of white students passed both tests as compared to 76.7 percent across the state,
and 60 percent of the system’s black students passed as compared to 43.6 across the state. Fifty-three percent of the system’s
Hispanic students passed both tests, while only 49 percent passed at the state level. In the Limited English Proficient category,
42 percent of the students passed both tests, compared to the 34.6 percent across the state. Seventy-five point six percent of the
HCPS students with disabilities passed both tests, compared to only 32 percent across the state.
In Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind act, 92 percent of HCPS elementary schools
made AYP (compared to 82 percent across the state); 100 percent of the system’s middle schools made AYP (compared to 73
percent across the state); and 75 percent of the system’s high schools made AYP (compared to 39 percent across the state).
Guiding Principle: The success of a child is the result of a collaborative partnership of school, child, parents, and community.
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2008-2009 ABCs Of Public Education And AYP
2 Honor Schools of Excellence
11 Schools of Distinction
NCLB Status ABCs Status Recognition
School Met Targets Performance Met Expected Met High Category
AYP Met Composite Growth Growth
Atkinson Yes 13 of 13 84.7% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Bruce Drysdale Yes 25 of 25 63.9% Yes No School of Progress
Clear Creek Yes 13 of 13 78.6% Yes Yes School of Progress
Dana Yes 17 of 17 84.0% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Edneyville Yes 17 of 17 83.5% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Etowah Yes 13 of 13 86.9% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Fletcher Yes 13 of 13 84.9% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Glenn C. Marlow Yes 13 of 13 90.4% Yes Yes Honor School of Excellence
Hendersonville Yes 11 of 11 92.1% Yes Yes Honor School of Excellence
Hillandale Yes 19 of 19 74.1% Yes No School of Progress
Mills River Yes 13 of 13 88.7% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Sugarloaf No 20 of 21 64.1% Yes No School of Progress
Upward Yes 23 of 23 72.5% Yes Yes School of Progress
Apple Valley Yes 25 of 25 80.4% Yes No School of Distinction
Flat Rock Yes 25 of 25 85.6% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Hendersonville Yes 23 of 23 87.5% Yes Yes School of Distinction
Rugby Yes 21 of 21 89.8% Yes Yes School of Distinction
East Henderson Yes 13 of 13 70.7% No No No Recognition
Hendersonville No 12 of 13 86.6% Yes Yes School of Distinction
North Henderson Yes 13 of 13 78.9% Yes No School of Progress
West Henderson Yes 13 of 13 81.7% No No No Recognition
Balfour No 2 of 3 31.8% Yes No Expected Growth
6 Schools of Progress
2 No Recognition
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2009 Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
HCPS Ranks 4 th in the
and 10 th in the State
Critical Subtotal Grand
# Tested % Tested Math Reading Writing (math + reading) Total
Henderson County 407 52.2% 533 517 494 1050 1544
North Carolina 57,147 63% 511 495 480 1006 1486
United States 1,530,128 46% 515 501 493 1016 1509
2009 SAT Breakdown By High School
Critical Subtotal Grand
High School # Tested % Tested Math Reading Writing (math + reading) Total
Hendersonville 103 61.3% 544 528 513 1072 1585
West Henderson 122 56% 555 529 501 1084 1585
East Henderson 85 40.1% 515 517 492 1032 1524
North Henderson 97 56.7% 511 489 469 1000 1469
This information was taken from The North Carolina 2009 SAT Report, Public Schools of North Carolina. The SAT results are for the students
who were scheduled to graduate in 2009 and represents students’ most recent scores, regardless of when they took the test.
ABCs and AYP Background
The ABCs of Public Education began in the 1996-
1997 school year as North Carolina’s primary
school improvement program. It was a major
step forward in improving schools, providing the
state’s first school-level accountability system,
and generating information that has allowed North
Carolina to better target school improvement efforts.
Significant changes were made in 2006 in the ABCs
program with the implementation of new growth
formulas for the first time in 10 years. While the model
continues North Carolina’s long-standing focus on the
annual growth of students and on the reporting of each
school’s performance composite, the current ABCs
formulas are different enough from the original ones
that comparisons between the performance of schools
from 2006 forward and prior years should be avoided.
In 2008 the State Board of Education adopted the
“Framework for Change: the Next Generation of
Assessments and Accountability.” The Framework
for Change has already brought changes to the scope
of the state’s curriculum and assessment systems.
These transformations will come about through the
Department’s Accountability and Curriculum Reform
Effort (ACRE), which will result in new curriculum
standards, new tests, and a new accountability model
for the state’s public schools within the next five years.
The No Child Left Behind federal education law remains
an important component of accountability for North
Carolina schools. The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
measure is included in the ABCs report, as it has been
since the law went into effect in 2002. AYP requires
schools to focus on the proficiency of groups of students
within each school with a goal of closing achievement
gaps and bringing proficiency rates to 100 percent for
every student by 2013-2014.
ABCs 2008-2009: HCPS – 91% met expected growth
(20 of 22 schools)
• Performance composite includes reading, math, and science scores in
grades 3-8 and in high school End-of-Course (EOCs) and writing.
• Growth standards include reading and math in grades 3-8; in high school
5 EOCs, dropout rate, and College Prep/College Tech Prep completers.
• AYP targets include reading, math, and attendance in grades 3-8 and in
high school grade 10 English I, Algebra I, writing, and graduation rate.
• AYP targets (# of targets met/total # of targets).
• Honor School of Excellence = 90%-100% of students performed at or
above Level III; school made expected growth or high growth; and
school met AYP.
• School of Excellence = 90%-100% of students performed at or above
Level III; and school made expected growth or high growth.
• School of Distinction = 80%-89% of students performed at or above
Level III; and school made expected growth or high growth.
• School of Progress = 60%-79% of students performed at or above
Level III; and school made expected growth or high growth.
• Priority School = 50%-59% of students performed at or above
Level III; and school made expected growth or high growth.
• No Recognition = School making less than expected growth.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) 2008-2009:
HCPS – 86.4% met the standards for AYP (19 of 22 schools)
91.9% (57 of 62 targets met)
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2009-2010 HCPS Principal of the Year
Michael Thorpe, Principal of Etowah Elementary School, was selected as the 2009-2010
Wachovia Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools. Mr. Thorpe attended
public schools in Transylvania County and graduated from UNC-Asheville in 1973 with
a Major in Education. He began his career at Penrose Elementary in 1973 teaching fourth
and fifth grades. In 1978 he was the youngest building principal in North Carolina when he
became the principal of Pisgah Forest Elementary. He served four years on the Transylvania
County Board of Commissioners and twelve years on the Transylvania Board of Education.
Mr. Thorpe joined Henderson County Public Schools in 1997 as the Principal of Etowah
Dot Case, 2009-2010 HCPS Teacher of the Year
North Henderson High School teacher Dot Reid Case is the 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year for
the Henderson County Public Schools and the North Carolina Region 8 Teacher of the Year.
She will compete with seven other Regional Teachers of the Year for the title of Teacher of
the Year for North Carolina. A product of Henderson County Schools, Dot Case has 40 years
teaching experience. She has taught U.S. History and U.S. Government at North Henderson
High for the past 15 years. She also taught seventh and eighth grade English and Physical
Education at Edneyville Junior High (1969-1976) and ninth and eleventh grade History at
Edneyville High (1977-1993). Ms. Case holds a B.S. in Education with a Social Studies
concentration and a M.A. in Education.
Ms. Case, along with the other
twenty-one 2009-2010 Teachers
of the Year, was honored at The
Gold Star Award Banquet in
May. Sponsored by SunTrust
Bank, the banquet is held to
recognize the valuable investment
that educators make in the lives
of children. SunTrust presents
the system-wide teacher of the
year with a plaque and monetary
prize to be used for professional
2009-2010 Teachers of the Year. Front row, left to right: Dot Case (North Henderson High), Bethany Gribble (Clear
Creek Elementary), Teresa Lancaster (Glenn C. Marlow Elementary), Leslie Fields (Apple Valley Middle), Aresa Gardo
(Hendersonville Elementary), Joni Allison (Rugby Middle). Second row, left to right: Nancy Bargar (East Henderson
High), Kimberly Tipton (Etowah Elementary), Michael Reardon (Balfour Education Center), Debra Ramsey (Dana
Elementary), Catherine Hammett (Atkinson Elementary), Deborah Jones (Upward Elementary), Jennifer Street
(Hendersonville Middle), Kimberly Morgan (Flat Rock Middle), Alan Broadhurst (Hendersonville High). Back row,
left to right: Carolyn Henderson (Hillandale Elementary), Sue Nation (Bruce Drysdale Elementary), Teresa Davis
(West Henderson High), Nicole Wallace (Mills River Elementary), Kelly Staton (Sugarloaf Elementary), Genee’ Dalton
(Edneyville Elementary), Shelley Watts (Fletcher Elementary).
• We are here for the children we serve.
• We provide a warm, inviting atmosphere for all children.
• We believe a safe environment is everyone’s responsibility.
• We provide effective learning through multiple instructional strategies for all children.
• We expect honesty and integrity in all that we do.
• Our standard is excellence.
Henderson County Public Schools -10- For the Children
Federal law requires that students be taught by highly qualified
teachers. One hundred percent of Henderson County Public Schools
elementary and middle school teachers are highly qualified, and 99
percent of high school teachers are highly qualified.
The Henderson County Public Schools is also at or above the state
average in its teaching staff. Ninety-nine percent of the system’s
elementary school teachers, 92 percent of the middle school teachers,
and 94 percent of the high school teachers are fully licensed, all are
at or above the state average. Also above the state average is the
number of the system’s teachers with advanced degrees: 31 percent
of the elementary teachers, 28 percent of the middle school teachers,
and 32 percent of the high school teachers. Fifty-four percent of the
elementary teachers, 48 percent of the middle school teachers, and
62 percent of the high school teachers have 10 or more years of
The District’s principals are also at or above the state average in
advanced degrees and experience. Twenty-six percent of the system’s
principals have advanced degrees, as compared to 22 percent across
the state. Thirty percent have 10 or more years of experience,
compared to the state average of 16 percent.
HCPS has a mentoring program for teachers seeking National Board
Certification led by Hilda Hamilton (a NBCT since 1994) and Lynn
Carter (a NBCT since 1995). In January 2009, twenty-seven teachers
were added to the District’s growing list of National Board Certified
• Hendersonville Middle teacher Debra Woo was the
2008 Exceptional Children Teacher of Excellence.
• The 2008 Henderson County Public Schools
Counselors of the Year are: Elementary Level –
Molly Luplow; Middle School Level – Kathy
Koontz (Rugby Middle); and High School Level
– Leigh Leik (North Henderson High).
• Terri Northup’s (East Henderson High Visual
Arts teacher) lesson plan,“Inspiring Change In
Our World: One Photograph at a Time” was
included in a national lesson plan library at
website digitalwish.com (http://www.digitalwish.
• West Henderson High Girls Volleyball Coach
Jan Stanley was named the “winningest”
volleyball coach in North Carolina by the
North Carolina High School Athletic
Association’s (NCHSAA). She has 658
volleyball game wins. She was also inducted into
the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
• Hendersonville Middle sixth grade math teacher
Vicki Caldwell is the 2009 Region 8 Middle
School Teacher of the Year.
• Assistant Director of the Exceptional Children’s
Program Diane White was awarded unlimited
site license use for the “Breaking Down Barriers
to Literacy Technology” program software. The
value of the award is $106,592.
• Flat Rock Middle Counselor Cyndi Felosa is
the 2009 North Carolina Middle School
Association’s Region 8 Support Person of the Year.
• Flat Rock Middle bus driver David “Elmo”
Elmore was the 2008 recipient of the
Henderson County Petroleum Marketers
Association Award, presented for safe,
dependable, and faithful service.
Teachers. These teachers are Kelly Bailey (Clear Creek Elementary),
Anna Holloway (Clear Creek Elementary), Andi Marshall (Dana
Elementary), David Jones (East Henderson High), Alice Prince
(East Henderson High), Joyce Pruitt (East Henderson High),
Lorraine Thomas (Edneyville Elementary), Kathy Martin (Etowah
Elementary), Danette Wesson (Etowah Elementary), Leighanne
Downing (Flat Rock Middle), Kim Parton (Flat Rock Middle),
Barbara Poole (Flat Rock Middle), Tara Dale (Glenn C. Marlow
Elementary), Tara George (Hendersonville Elementary), Paddy
Lynch (Hendersonville Elementary), Tori Shaffer (Hendersonville
Elementary), Jenni Schweikert (Hendersonville High), Judy Hill
(Hillandale Elementary), Anne Ogburn (Hillandale Elementary),
Gina Burnett (Mills River Elementary), Fred Gore (North
Henderson High), Michele Jackson Moraes (North Henderson
High), Karen Bennett (Rugby Middle), Tisa Futch (Rugby Middle),
Kendra Henry (Rugby Middle), Amanda Hemphill (Sugarloaf
Elementary), and Suzanne Farlow (West Henderson High).
• Lt Col Rod Clark, USAF, Retired, and MSgt
Michael W. Jensen, USAF, Retired were each
awarded a 2008-2009 Air Force Junior ROTC
“Outstanding Instructor Award” by the Air
Education and Training Command’s Air Force
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in
recognition and appreciation of outstanding
performance as instructors to the East
Henderson High AFJROTC Unit NC-934.
• Nine Child Nutrition employees completed
Smart Options (a comprehensive continuing
education course tailored for Child Nutrition
Professionals, developed by North Carolina
Division of Public, Nutrition Services Branch)
training in March.
Henderson County Public Schools -11- For the Children
Recognition of student and staff achievement is made at the regular monthly meetings of the Board of Public Education. These
recognitions include academics, athletics, the arts, and professional.
North Henderson High DECA Chapter,
A Gold Level Chapter of Distinction
North Henderson High DECA students Lyndsie Cook,
Tyler Honeycutt, Landon Justice, Kaylin Morgan,
Danielle Nix, and Chris Wayne participated in the North
Carolina DECA Career Development Conference. North’s
DECA chapter won the Civic Awareness Award and the
Gold Level Chapter of Distinction Award for the North
Stephen Obermiller (West Henderson High),
Chelsea Lynn Turlington (West Henderson
High). Alternates were: William MacAulay
Johnson (East Henderson High), Cristin
Victoria Owens (East Henderson High), Taylor
Ann Perkins (North Henderson High).
• 2009 Governor School West Attendees: Randal
Harrington (East Henderson High for Choral
Music); Patrick Munchel (Hendersonville High
for Spanish); Kathryn Wells (Hendersonville
High for Natural Science); Matthew Lancaster
(North Henderson High for Natural Science)
• 2009 Governor School East Attendees: Sarah
McDonald (East Henderson High for English);
Joy Owens (West Henderson High for English);
Annie Wells (Hendersonville High for Natural
Science); Olivia Palmer (Hendersonville High
for Social Science)
The leadership of Kaylin Morgan and Danielle Nix
(who coordinated food drives at North High, Apple
Valley Middle, Edneyville Elementary, and Sugarloaf
Elementary) contributed to the North’s chapter winning
the Civic Awareness Award. A total of 8,550 pounds of
canned goods was collected during the fall for the Manna
Food Bank Student Food Drive. The Manna Food Bank
recognized the chapter as the top school with the 2A size
school division and for the most creative event.
Chris Wayne reported North’s activities to North Carolina
DECA and the club received points for its activities, helping
the school’s chapter win the Chapter of Distinction Award.
In individual awards, Kaylin Morgan and Danielle Nix
won Top 10 in the State in the Community Service Written
Event. Chris Wayne and Tyler Honeycutt received
a 1 st Place medal for their case study in the Sports &
Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making Event.
Lyndsie Cook served in Screening and Nominating of the
new North Carolina DECA State Officer elections. Lyndsie
Cook, Kaylin Morgan, and Danielle Nix represented
Henderson County and North Carolina at the International
DECA Career Development Conference.
• 2009 North Carolina Teaching Fellows Recipients: Devin
Marie Gaynor (East Henderson High), Amber Nicole
Fischer (Hendersonville High), Kelsey Helene Sabo (North
Henderson High), Anne Kristin Traister (North Henderson
High), Jacklin Eleni Akrivos (West Henderson High), Corey
• Flat Rock Middle student Hope Erwin was First
Place in the state in the Charlotte Young category
of the North Carolina Poetry Council contest
with her poem Pantoum for Parents.
• North Henderson High student Jacob Medd
received First Place in Technical Drafting at the
North Carolina SkillsUSA State Conference.
• East Henderson High National Scholastic Art
Award Winners: Nicole Benney – Gold Key
Award, American Visions Nominee for painting
“Red” and Silver Key Award for painting “The
Crusader;” Lily Drake – Silver Key Award for
Computer Art “Stroll Through Aokigahara.”
• Hendersonville Middle students Andrew Legg
and Andrew Anderson were selected for All-
State Orchestra. Both students play the cello.
• East Henderson High student Ian Poole was
selected to perform in the All-American Band.
He performed at half time at the “All-American
Bowl” at in the Alamo Bowl. Ian plays the tuba.
• 2009 North Carolina All-State Honors Band:
Jake Waldrop (East Henderson High–
Trumpet); Ian Poole (East Henderson High–
Tuba); Conner McCraw (Hendersonville High–
Trombone); Scott Ashcraft (Hendersonville
High–Trombone); Trestan Peck (Hendersonville
High–Trumpet); Kyle Decker (Hendersonville
• East Henderson High student Matthew Collins
received an appointment to West Point.
Henderson County Public Schools -12- For the Children
Student Recognitions Continued
• North Henderson High AFJROTC Cadet Captain
Miranda Gibbs was selected to attend the Aerospace
and Technology Honors Camp at University of New
Mexico. From the top 1% of all AFJROTC cadets (over
107,000 cadets), the selection board selects only 432 to
attend Honors Camp.
• East Henderson High student Chris Daugherty received a
ROTC Scholarship to The Citadel.
• Hendersonville High student Wesley Cook received a
Western Carolina Athletic Scholarship.
• West Henderson High Lady Falcons Girls’ Volleyball
Team won the North Carolina High School Athletic
Association 2A State Championship. This is the school’s
fifth state girls volleyball title. Team members are: Erica
Cantrell (MVP), Tait Eckley, Brittany Blackwell,
Patricia Cantrell, Alex Stewart, Summer Kremer,
Molly Corhn, Morgan Lancaster, Kaitlyn Burton,
Meredith Foster, Regan Macomson, Hannah Wilson,
Stephanie Watkins, Nicole Ciaramitaro, and Savanna
Edwards. Team Managers are Jaclyn Smith and Graham
Pate. The Scorekeeper is Timmie Isgett. The Head Coach
is Jan Stanley and Assistant Coaches are Cathy Corliss,
Robbie Lowrance, and Paul Stanley.
• Hendersonville High student Darryl Demps is the 2009
3A/2A/1A indoor track 300-Meter Dash State Champion.
He set a record time of 35.77 seconds.
• Hendersonville High’s 1600-Meter Relay Team Darryl
Demps, Tyler Combs, Brandon Neale, and Eddie
Hernandez are the 2009 3A/2A/1A indoor track
1600-Meter Relay State Champions. The team established
a state record mark of 3:28.19.
• Hendersonville High student Kristen Stout is the 1A State
Champion in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:20.96.
• Hendersonville High student Darryl Demps is the 1A
State Champion in the 400 meters with a time of 49.24
setting a new school record.
• Hendersonville High students Cody LaBelle, Jake
Cosgrove, Thomas O’Connell, and Eddie Hernandez
are the 1A State Champions in the 4x800 meter relay with
a time of 8:09.33. This is a new 1A State Meet record.
• Hendersonville High students Daniel Orr, Tyler Combs,
Brandon Neale, and Darryl Demps are the 1A State
Champions in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:28.10. This
is a new 1A State Meet record and a new school record.
• Hendersonville High students Darryl Demps, Tyler
Combs, James Tolleson, and Brandon Neale are the 1A
State Champions in the 4x400 relay with the time of
3:20.42. This is a new 1A State Meet record, breaking the
old record set by the school last year.
• West Henderson High student Meredith Foster is the 2A
State Champion in the high jump with a leap of 5 ft 4 in.
• East Henderson High student Tyler Samotis is the
2A State Champion in the pole vault with a height
of 14 feet.
• The Hendersonville High School Track Team is the
1A Men’s Track and Field State Champion, Team
members are Lance Allen, Tyler Combs, Corey
Cook, Jake Cosgrove, Darryl Demps, Richmond
Felton, Lucus Freeman, Eddie Hernandez,
Cameron Hill, Cody LaBelle, Stephen McNeal,
Robert Mills, Brandon Neale, Thomas
O’Connell, Daniel Orr, Darren Perry, Torian
Sitton, James Tolleson, and Carlos Unda. The
Head Coach is Adam Chacon and the Assistant
Coach is Al Stissel.
• Hendersonville High received the NCHSAA
Super Sportsmanship Award for the state of
• Hendersonville High received its 13th 1A
Wachovia Cup Award.
• 84 Students Recognized at Top Scholars Banquet
East High: Kayla Rebecca Brank, Samuel Luke
Dennison, Matthew Dorn, Lily Drake, Karen
Escobar, Devin Marie Gaynor, Ashley Clara
Griffin, Marcy Lea Griffith, Donna Victoria
Jones, Leah Kathryn King, Brian Jared Morgan,
Ian Poole, Lane Strom Poston, Justine Suzanne
Reid, Tara Elizabeth Roberts, Emily Ashton
Sabato, Sarah Elizabeth Summey, Jeremy
Tripp, Laura Turner, Breanna Villars, and
Heidi Grace Waldbart. Hendersonville High:
Emma Ross Bennett, Lisa Marie Bowen,
Thomas Jackson Broom, Kelsey Grace
Cawthorn, Peter John Critikos, Scott Chandler
Davis, John Griffin Dowdy, Amber Nicole
Fischer, Caroline M. Hansley, Eddie Hernandez,
Elvira Hernandez, Alexis Lovingood Hubert,
Grace Christine Levine, Crystal Leigh Manning,
Stephen Edward McNeal, Adam Cameron
Roper, Dawid D. Smith, Lydia Cassady Stoney,
Olivia Danielle Stuller, James Clayton Tolleson,
and Morgan Elizabeth Walker. North High:
Nancy Amy Aguillon, Holly Elizabeth Babbitt,
Zachary Scott Clayton, Cassandra Ann Etter
Wenzel, Elizabeth Ann Franklin, Christian
Michelle Gosnell, Claytin Lee Gross, Ethan
Garrett Hardin, Lauren Kimberly Hunt, Marion
Celine Lamb, Rayce Jackson Lamb, Marc
Lowell Lytle, Joshua Michael Maciejewski,
Carissa Marie Mathis, Holly Corinne Mehaffey,
Alice Perez, Taylor Ann Perkins, Jonathan
Andrew Robinson, Kelsey Helene Sabo, Jamie
Lee Stanley, and Anne Kristin Traister. West
High: Jacklin Eleni Akrivos, Kathleen Elizabeth
Diegan, Carl Aaron Embler, Garnet Elise Fisher,
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Henderson County Public Schools -13- For the Children
Spencer Vernon Gilbert, Courtney Marie Holland,
Minh Vien Huynh, Anthony Paul Jordan, Jessica
Marie Justice, Mitchell Blake Justus, Gwendolyn
D. Kelly, Sarah Elizabeth Lyons, Erin Elizabeth
Miller, Kendall Daniel Moore, Morgan Lee Mull,
Michael Richard Owen, Rachel Ann Slattery, Jessica
Dell Springer, Chelsea Lynn Turlington, Brendan L.
Turner, and Kaylin Renae Waldrop.
• 94 Career & Technical Education (CTE) Scholars
East High: Nicole Benney, Jarrett Brothers, Kassandra
Cartrette, Katelyn Cartrette, Hunter Daniels, Matthew
Dorn, Karen Escobar, Joshua Ford, Melissa Galloway,
Julia Garren, Magda Anahi Garza, Hayden Hawkins,
Tami Hinson, Jonathan Holden, Crystal Johnson,
Calvin Jones, Donna Jones, Leah King, Corinna
Kitchen, Paige McKinley, Carla Merrell, Rebecca
Moses, Alexis Reese, Christopher Roach, Tara Roberts,
Courtney Stepp, Christina Ward, and Justin Woodring.
Hendersonville High: Darene Agnaonao, Wesley
Cook, Carolina Cruz, Christi DeRidder, Martin Gaona,
Rostislav Gorovoy, Caroline Hansley, Tori Haynes,
Evan Kirkland, Crystal Manning, Brandi McLeod,
Kenny Michaud, Virginia Morgan, and Emily Pearce.
North High: Alyssa Andreotta, Lauren Benson, Lindsey
Corn, Stephen Darnell, Irene David, Erica Easler,
Christan Fraley, Corrisa Garren, Kyle Gonce, Kaylah
Hodge, Elizabeth Killman, Franklin Laughter, Heather
McMinn, Jacob Medd, Jessica Mentz, Caleb Moore,
Kaylin Morgan, Chelsea Lacie Peters, Mary Repass,
Joseph Walter, and John Webb. West High: Alexandra
Barrett-Ashley, Kelsey Byrd, Erica Cantrell, Brittany
Case, Wesley Curry, Shay Featherstone, Breanna
Fuentes, Erica Haney, Katelyn Harris, Lauren Holder,
Timothy Isgett, Tyler Isgett, Candice Jarvis, Kelsey
Lami, Sara Lopez, Zach McGhee, David McMullen,
Danielle Messer, Emily Nelson, Emily Orr, Rebekah
Parr, Stephanie Pruitt, Ashley Reddy, Michelle Rice,
Leslie Runyan, Elizabeth Scholtz, Michelle Terenzi,
Jacob Turpin, and Kaylin Waldrop.
• 163 North Carolina Scholars Recognized
The 25 th Annual North Carolina Scholars Luncheon
sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of
Commerce was held May 27. Students from each of the
four high schools were recognized. East High: Erinn
Ball, Kayla Brank, Kassandra Cartrette, Katelyn
Cartrette, Linda Che, Dawson Corn, Hunter Daniels,
Samuel Dennison, Matthew Dorn, Karen Escobar,
Joshua Ford, Julian Fuentes, Julia Garren, Devin
Gaynor, Jennifer Greene, Ashley Griffin, Marcy
Griffith, Devon Head, Jessie Head, Crystal Johnson,
Donna Jones, Keith Kilpatrick, Leah King, Matthew
Molton, Brian Morgan, Cristin Owens, Ian Poole,
Lane Poston, Justine Reid, Tara Roberts, Emily
Sabato, Courtney Stepp, Sarah Summey, Jeremy
Tripp, Breanna Villars, Heidi Waldbart, and
Christina Ward. Hendersonville High: Jessica
Allison, Emma Bennett, Thomas Broom, Kelsey
Cawthorne, Morgan Chambers, Anne Coker,
Wesley Cook, Peter Critikos, Scott Davis, Christi
Deridder, Scott Dinsmore, Griff Dowdy, Tabatha
Ducharme, Amber Fischer, Martin Gaona, Melanie
Gossage, Caroline Hansley, Elvira Hernandez, Alexis
Hubert, Mark Huneycutt, Evan Kirkland, Grace
Levine, Crystal Manning, Stephen McNeal, Kenny
Michaud, Lucas Onan, Adam Roper, Olivia Schoeff,
Lydia Stoney, Olivia Stuller, James Tolleson,
Morgan Walker, and Shelby Welter. North High:
Nancy Aguillon, Holly Babbitt, Katie Bradley,
Matthew Brown, Zach Clayton, Shellsea Frandsen,
Beth Franklin, Brittany Freeman, Corissa Garren,
Christian Gosnell, Clay Gross, Ethan Hardin,
Everett Hardin, Janae Howard, Lauren Hunt,
Breanna Jackson, Kyle Kelley, Celine Lamb, Rayce
Lamb, Justin Lanning, Marc Lytle, Josh Maciejewski,
Carissa Mathis, Holly Mehaffey, Caleb Moore,
Marsheila Morrow, Jordan Patton, Taylor Perkins,
Carlee Reiff, Mary Repass, Jon Robinson, Kelsey
Sabo, Kevin Searcy, Jamie Stanley, Anne Traister,
Sarah Willingham, Kolby Wolf, and Erika
Wullenweber. West High: Jacklin Akrivos, Melissa
Baker, Zach Beasley, Scott Bennett, Caitlin Blanton,
Kelsey Byrd, Leslie Castillo, Sophie Christiano,
Mark Davis, Kathleen Diegan, Kellen Dowdy,
Victoria Duval, Tait Eckley, Aaron Ember, Nettie
Fisher, Breanna Fuentes, Spencer Gilbert, Lianne
Gonzalez, Andrew Joseph Gordon, Sarah Green
Anna Hauss, Lauren Holder, Courtney Holland,
Jonathan Howell, Minh Huynh, Daniel Hyatt,
Timothy Isgett, Tyler Isgett, John Tyler Jones,
Anthony Jordan, Mitchell Justus, Gwen Kelly, Lara
Lemons, Taylor Letchworth, Erin Miller, Kendall
Moore, Morgan Mull, Corey Obermiller, Michael
Owen, Thomas Payne, Ashley Reddy, Amber Rice,
David Roloff, Jacob Roush, Rachel Slattery, Jessica
Springer, Chelsea Turlington, Brendan Turner,
Hannah Vandoren Michelle Vassallo, Kaylin
Waldrop, Brittney Williams, Cody Williams, Rachel
Winkler, and Shaina Wise.
HCPS Strategic Plan
Focus on Every Child
Maintain Safe, Quality
Provide An Effective Teaching
and Learning Environment
Focus On Building Positive
Henderson County Public Schools -14- For the Children
For The Children
Honoring Those Who Served: Outgoing
School Board members Betsy Copolillo (left)
and Debbie Reemes Ford (right) were presented
Boston Rockers at a dinner in their honor. Both
ladies served two terms on the School Board.
Rotary Club of Hendersonville: Shortly after the beginning
of each school year, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of
Hendersonville visit public and private schools in Henderson
County and give each third grader a dictionary. This program,
called the Sky Polega Gift of Knowledge, is a memorial to
Ms. Polega. Co-chairs for the program are Sammy Reese and
The Club also awards Education Grants to teachers and
educators. The 2008-2009 grants totaled $40,000. The 91
grants given served 7,500 students throughout the county.
Writing Buddies: Sixty-one Rotarians from the Rotary Club of
Hendersonville partner as “Writing Buddies” with fifth graders at
Hillandale Elementary. The writing buddies correspond through the use
of books and a journal. The program is designed to improve students’
reading and writing ability and provide personal contact with a Rotarian
throughout the school year. The 2008-2009 school year was the fourth
year of the program. School Board Chairperson Ervin Bazzle is pictured
with his writing buddy.
H e n d e r s o n C o u n t y E d u c a t i o n
Foundation: The Henderson County
Education Foundation (HCEF) is
committed to enhancing the quality of
life in Henderson County by enriching
the education of students, teachers, and
the community. The Foundation manages
various funds and annual programs that
provide support to HCPS students and
staff. One of these programs is the Annual
HCEF Golf Classic that generated $36,000.
BOGO coupon books are also sold that
generate money for the schools.
For the past seven years, the Carolina First–HCEF Hall of Fame
has honored former educators and leaders for their contributions
to education. Seven new inductees were honored at the 2008-2009
Hall of Fame. School Board member Mary Louise Corn, who served
students for 33 years, was one of these seven. So far 61 educators
and leaders have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Carillon Assisted Living: The
Carillon Assisted Living of Hendersonville
honored new National Board Certified
Teachers at a reception. Carillon’s
Executive Director David Fardulis and
Marketing Director Chris Drake presented
the NBCTs an engraved medal from
Carillon in honor of their achievement.
Henderson County Public Schools -15- For the Children
For The Children
ExxonMobil Grants: Clear Creek Elementary, Fletcher
Elementary, Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Hendersonville
Elementary, Mills River Elementary, Hendersonville Middle,
East Henderson High, North Henderson High, and West
Henderson High Schools each received a $500 grant from
the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program to be used
to support special projects in math and science. Checks were
presented to the principals by Henderson Oil executives Bill
McKibbin (President), Paul Jordan (Vice President), Robert
Middlemas (Business Development Manager), and Connie
Cunningham (Administrative Assistant).
Henderson County Retired School Personnel:
Henderson County Retired School Personnel and the
Henderson County Board of Public Education sponsor a
banquet each spring honoring retiring school personnel.
They also have a Ceremony of Remembrance for school
personnel who have passed away during the year.
Another project of the Retired School Personnel is
providing snacks to school administrators and staff at
all schools during American Education Week held in
November the week before the week of Thanksgiving.
Wheelchairs From The Medical Loan Closet:
Assistant Director of the Exceptional Children’s
Program Diane White coordinated the placement
of wheelchairs and crutches donated by the
Medical Loan Closet of Henderson County, Inc.
to HCPS schools. Gordon Ludwig (Equipment
Manager, The Medical Loan Closet), Father Joel
Hafer (Rector, St. James Episcopal Church), Sam
Pratt (Manager, The Medical Loan Closet), are
pictured above with two school employees.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Upward Elementary students along with students from
24 other elementary schools across the state had access to fresh fruits and vegetables
throughout their school day thanks to a $1 million grant from the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA). Upward received $47,471 (approximately $65 per student) of the
$1 million to provide the snacks. Bruce Drysdale Elementary participated in the program
during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.
Henderson County Public Schools -16- For the Children
Principal: Ms. Kimberly Deaton
2510 Old Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone (828) 697-4755 • Fax (828) 698-6120
Bruce Drysdale *448
Principal: Ms. Kelly Walker
Lead Teacher: Ms. Melonie Harris
834 North Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 697-5568 • Fax (828) 698-6122
Clear Creek *504
Principal: Ms. Audrey Reneau
Lead Teacher: Mr. Brent Speckhardt
737 North Clear Creek Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 697-4760 • Fax (828) 698-6121
Principal: Ms. Kelly Schofield
Lead Teacher: Ms. Susan Riddle
PO Box 37, 690 Ridge Rd, Dana, NC 28724
Phone (828) 685-7743 • Fax (828) 685-4004
Principal: Mr. Chad Auten
Lead Teacher: Ms. Brooke Ballard
2875 Pace Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 685-7600 • Fax (828) 685-4006
Principal: Mr. Michael Thorpe
320 Etowah School Rd, Etowah, NC 28729
Phone (828) 891-6560 • Fax (828) 891-6579
Principal: Ms. Christine Smith
Lead Teacher: Ms. Beverly Danielson
500 Howard Gap Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone (828) 684-0580 • Fax (828) 687-1217
Glenn C. Marlow *563
Principal: Ms. Jan King
Lead Teacher: Mr. Matthew Johnson
1985 Butler Bridge Rd, Mill River, NC 28759
Phone (828) 654-3225 • Fax (828) 687-1214
Principal: Ms. Shannon Marlowe
1039 Randall Circle, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 697-4752 • Fax (828) 698-6125
Principal: Ms. Denise Montgomery
Lead Teacher: Ms. Peggy Marshall
40 Preston Ln, East Flat Rock, NC 28726
Phone (828) 697-4782 • Fax (828) 697-4661
Mills River *448
Principal: Mr. Jeff Treadway
Lead Teacher: Ms. Anne Johnson
94 School House Rd, Mills River, NC 28759
Phone (828) 891-6563 • Fax (828) 891-6584
Principal: Ms. Sallie Carr
Lead Teacher: Ms. Annie Jones
2270 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 697-4600 • Fax (828) 697-4632
Principal: Ms. Rebecca Poplin
Lead Teacher: Ms. Donna Brackett
45 Education Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone (828) 697-4764 • Fax (828) 698-6131
Apple Valley *828
Principal: Ms. Marcie Wilson
Assistant Principals: Mr. Michael Gates, Ms. Marsha Justice
43 Fruitland Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 697-4545 • Fax (828) 698-6119
Flat Rock *802
Principal: Mr. Scott Rhodes
Assistant Principals: Mr. Jeff Roper, Ms. Melanie Adams
191 Preston Ln, East Flat Rock, NC 28726
Phone (828) 697-4775 • Fax (828) 698-6124
Principal: Ms. Jenny Moreno
Assistant Principal: Mr. Luke Manuel
825 North Whitted St, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 697-4800 • Fax (828) 698-6127
Principal: Mr. Bill Reedy
Assistant Principals: Ms. Diane Hampton, Mr. Mark Page
3345 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 891-6566 • Fax (828) 891-6589
East Henderson *987
Principal: Mr. Matthew Gruebmeyer
Assistant Principals: Mr. John Bryant, Ms. Heather Brookshire
110 Old Upward Rd, East Flat Rock, NC 28726
Phone (828) 697-4768 • Fax (828) 698-6123
Principal: Mr. Bobby Wilkins
Assistant Principals: Ms. Jennifer Shelton, Mr. Todd Murphy
311 Eighth Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 697-4802 • Fax (828) 698-6126
North Henderson *991
Principal: Mr. Frank Edney
Assistant Principals: Mr. Jason Joyce, Mr. John Hart
35 Fruitland Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone (828) 697-4500 • Fax (828) 698-6129
West Henderson *1058
Principal: Mr. R. Dean Jones
Assistant Principal: Mr. Kent Parent, Ms. Lynn Metcalf
3600 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 891-6571 • Fax (828) 891-6590
Henderson County Early College High School
Principal: Dr. Helen Owen
120 Alumni Way, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone (828) 697-4561 • Fax (828) 697-4564
School opened in the 2009-2010 school year – 77 students
Principal: Ms. Beth Ferris
2529 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone (828) 697-4629 • Fax (828) 698-6130
*Indicates student membership as of the 20 th day of school (9/22/08)
Henderson County Public Schools
414 Fourth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739-4261