Yadkin County’s Board of Education welcomed three new faces Monday.
Three new student representatives were sworn in during the board’s August meeting. One student represents each of the county’s three high schools.
Colton Horn is the 2013-14 representative for Forbush High School. Madison McLellan will represent Starmount High, and Isabeau Clark will represent Yadkin Early College during the school year.
Each was given the official oath of office before taking their new posts. Each student swore to uphold the Constitution and serve their post honorably.
The students will sit next to board member Rex Baity at a special table for them. Each person received a personal name plate to identify them throughout the meetings they attend.
The entire board warmly welcomed them to the meetings during the closing statements each board member is allowed to make.
Each expressed their hope the students would help them determine the right course of action for the schools in Yadkin County. Diane Hampton said the students were essentially the eyes and ears of the board in the schools because the students were there everyday and saw what the experience of Yadkin schools was really like.
As the comments continued some of the board members made mention of their displeasure with the state budget and its funding of education.
Board member Frank Brown said the state legislature had made a serious mistake in crafting this year’s budget.
“As a long time educator and board member I don’t know if I have ever been so disappointed with what the General Assembly did to education this year,” Brown said. “Elections have consequences, and if you vote for people who don’t support education that’s what you’re going to get, just what we got this year.”
Board member Joe Dezern said he believed Yadkin County did the best it could with what resources it had, but that he was also disappointed in the budget results.
“I still think education took a slap in the face this past year,” Dezern said.
Superintendent Dr. Stewart Hobbs said Yadkin received $1.4 million less this year in the budget.
Hobbs said “19.5” teachers were lost, but the move was a necessary one.
“We had too many teachers, and we’ve been trying to right the ship,” Hobbs said. Losing the teachers prevented the county from having to fire teachers’ assistants.
Hobbs ended with his somewhat familiar saying that on August 19 the doors would be open and the school buses would run for another year at Yadkin County schools.
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