Local Briefs

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

Union County Public Schools announce new assignments

Lynn Cole will serve as the principal of Marvin Elementary School. She currently serves as an assistant principal at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts. Cole will be replacing Jay Jones.

Kim Fisenne will serve as the principal of Central Academy of Technology and Arts. She currently serves as an assistant principal at Marvin Ridge High School. She replaces Shaun Poole who was previously announced as the new Principal of Sun Valley High School.

Jeff Kraftson will serve as the principal of Parkwood Middle School. He currently serves as an assistant principal at Porter Ridge Elementary School. He replaces Kim Chinnis.

Catherine Perry will serve as the principal of New Town Elementary School. She currently serves as an assistant principal at New Town Elementary School. She replaces Priscilla Davis who has announced her resignation.

The Union County Board of Education approved the recommendations at their June 4 meeting. They are effective June 17.

Also at that meeting, Superintendent Mary Ellis informed the school board of these administrative assignments, which are effective June 17.

Scott Broome will serve as the principal of Poplin Elementary School. He currently serves as the principal of Marvin Ridge Middle School. Broome will be replacing Stephanie McManus.

Kim Chinnis will serve as the principal of Prospect Elementary School. She currently serves as the principal of Parkwood Middle School. Chinnis will be replacing Jannie Bankston, who has announced her retirement.

Jay Jones will serve as the principal of Marvin Ridge Middle School. He currently serves as the principal of Marvin Elementary School. Jones will be replacing Scott Broome.

Stephanie McManus will serve as the principal of Parkwood High School. She currently serves as the principal of Poplin Elementary School. McManus will be replacing Jan Hollis, who has announced her retirement. 

Commuter alert: RR crossing work

Parents bringing childen to Union Academy’s lower campus will be affected by a road closing to accommodate rail crossing work this week.

The rail crossing at Old Monroe Road and Rocky River Road will be closed from June 10 to 14 for maintenance and repair work.

Follow detour signs or plan another route until work is complete.

Summer poetry contest set

The Union County Writers’ Club is sponsoring a summer poetry contest for county students this summer. Seeking to encourage literary creativity during school vacation, this contest is designed to be fun without the pressure of being a homework assignment or graded. We will have two levels. One will be for students in grades 6 through 8 and the other for grades 9 – 12. The club has partnered with Hinson Mechanical Company to promote this special writing opportunity for our young people.

The contest will begin on June 1 and end on July 31. Any county student may submit original work. This includes public, private and home schooled students. Awards will be presented for the top three entries in each category. We ask that students limited entries to two per student. There is no entry fee.

Entries must be typed and submitted on 8 ½ x 11 paper, single spaced along with a cover letter to include the name of the poem, student author name, parents’ name, address, telephone number and email address.  Please mail entries to the Union County Writers’ Club, P.O. Box 496, Monroe, NC 28111. See our website at www.ucwc.webs.com for compete guidelines.

Formal recognition of the winners will be made on Sunday, August 25 at 3 PM at a special reception hosted by the Club and Hinson Mechanical.  Judging will be by the Writers Club.  Our focus will be on originality, imagination and talent. Several of our members have published poetry and teach poetry writing.

This contest is dedicated to beloved Union County teacher, Olive L. Howie. Miss Howie had a caring compassion for young people and a love of writing. She was one of the founding members of our Club.

For more information, you may contact Barbara Johns at 704-628-6143 (bjghosthunter@yahoo.com) or Randy Rayfield at 704.764.3655 (randyr1904@gmail.com).

Legislation would end state funds for trails

Current North Carolina General Assembly draft legislation prohibits state match funding for greenways and other bicycle and pedestrian improvements. This policy shift would eliminate the way communities around the state have traditionally funded trail design and construction at a time when these projects are seeing incredibly high usage.

In the past, the state has been the primary source of the 20 percent match needed to access 80% federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. So, a $100,000 investment from the state would result in an $400,000 match from the federal government to fund a $500,000 project.

Final action is expected to take place next week on this legislation by Tuesday, June 11.

Scholastic Anglers hold championship

The 2012-2013 Scholastic Anglers Championship was held on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Student-anglers from multiple schools across the area have been participating throughout the entire academic year in the Scholastic Anglers Challenge. Everything these student anglers have worked for culminated on this one day. Titles include the Scholastic Anglers School Of The Year, the Scholastic Angler Of The Year and the Scholastic Anglers Elite Eight. At stake are lots of trophies, prizes and awards. After the event, the awards ceremony was held inside of Bass Pro Shops, Concord, N.C., at the aquarium.

Results were:

Scholastic Anglers Elite Eight:

First: Mickela Kayea (5001 points)- Sun Valley Fishing

Second: Nathan McDow (4185 points)- Marvin Ridge Fishing

Third: Kannon Baker (3050 points)- Central Academy Fishing

Fourth: Will Brown (2624 points)- Marvin Ridge Fishing

Fifth: Josh Mucci (2263 points)- Sun Valley Fishing

Sixth: Tyler Baker (2124 points)- Parkwood Fishing

Seventh: Garrett Adams (1875 points)- Sun Valley Fishing

Eighth: Jared Champion (1721 points)- Sun Valley Fishing

2013 Scholastic Angler Of The Year: Mickela Kayea, Sun Valley Fishing

2013 Scholastic Anglers School Of The Year: Sun Valley Fishing with 31,374 points