For the Children - Henderson County Public Schools

For the Children - Henderson County Public Schools

For the Children


Annual Report

Henderson County

Public Schools


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

Mission Statement

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.

Board of

Public Education

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

hard work.

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

high school).

• There is over 2 million square feet

of buildings.

• 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

teacher assistants.

• The system has 213 National Board

Certified Teachers.

• 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

Price Program.

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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2008-2009 Budget

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

Enterprise Fund

• 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

school administration.

• 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

Dana Elementary

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.

Sugarloaf Elementary

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.

Hillandale Elementary

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

Instructional Focus

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.

Exceptional Children

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).

Dropout Rates

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.

Dropout Trends













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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Spark Training

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

excellence, responsiveness

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


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

been held.

A few quick facts about the 2008-2009 top

scholars are:

• 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)

Ethnic distribution:

Caucasian 74.60%

Hispanic 15.01%

African/American 3.85%

Multiracial 4.79%

Asian 1.43%

American Indian 0.36%

Academic Performance

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

Elementary Schools

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

Middle Schools

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

High Schools

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

Education Center

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

Western Region

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)

Henderson County Public Schools -9- For the Children

Michael Thorpe,

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

Elementary School.

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).

Core Values

• 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

Professional Performance

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

teaching experience.

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

Staff Recognitions

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 (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.

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Student Accomplishments

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

Carolina DECA.

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.

Student Recognitions

• 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

High–Mallet Percussion)

• East Henderson High student Matthew Collins

received an appointment to West Point.

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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

North Carolina.

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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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.

Goal 1:

Goal II:

Goal III:

Goal IV:

HCPS Strategic Plan

Focus on Every Child

Maintain Safe, Quality

Energy-Efficient Facilities

Provide An Effective Teaching

and Learning Environment

Focus On Building Positive

Community Relationships

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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

Jim Finch.

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.

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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.

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Elementary Schools

Atkinson *406

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

Dana *490

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

Edneyville *604

Principal: Mr. Chad Auten

Lead Teacher: Ms. Brooke Ballard

2875 Pace Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Phone (828) 685-7600 • Fax (828) 685-4006

Etowah *542

Principal: Mr. Michael Thorpe

320 Etowah School Rd, Etowah, NC 28729

Phone (828) 891-6560 • Fax (828) 891-6579

Fletcher *571

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

Hendersonville *405

Principal: Ms. Shannon Marlowe

1039 Randall Circle, Hendersonville, NC 28791

Phone (828) 697-4752 • Fax (828) 698-6125

Hillandale *410

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

Sugarloaf *469

Principal: Ms. Sallie Carr

Lead Teacher: Ms. Annie Jones

2270 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Phone (828) 697-4600 • Fax (828) 697-4632

Upward *645

Principal: Ms. Rebecca Poplin

Lead Teacher: Ms. Donna Brackett

45 Education Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Phone (828) 697-4764 • Fax (828) 698-6131

Middle Schools

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

Hendersonville *482

Principal: Ms. Jenny Moreno

Assistant Principal: Mr. Luke Manuel

825 North Whitted St, Hendersonville, NC 28791

Phone (828) 697-4800 • Fax (828) 698-6127

Rugby *856

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

High schools

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

HEndersonville *672

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

Education Center

Balfour *127

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

Phone 828.697.4733

Fax 828.697.5541


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