The Transylvania Times -


By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

School Board Plans Child Nutrition Resolution - Brevard NC


At its regular meeting Monday, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed its intent to submit to state legislators a resolution in support of the Child Nutrition program.

The resolution is being submitted in hopes legislators will appeal to the federal government to increase the rate at which it reimburses the state for meals in public schools.

Board members Ron Kiviniemi and Sue Fox were absent from Monday’s meeting. The resolution will be voted on at the board’s next meeting.

Board chair Tawny McCoy said that “financial insulation at a local level would be prudent for the program,” and board member Mike Rogers said he was pleased with the resolution.

Currently, 61 percent of students in the school system in Transylvania County are on a “free and reduced” lunch rate, and the cost of funding the program is rising.

New federal regulations in nutrition are hindering the program further. (A more in-depth look at the Child Nutrition program will appear in The Transylvania Times soon.)

In other news at Monday’s meeting:

• Roughly 25-26 teacher positions will be open for the 2014-15 school year, due largely to retirement.

Applications for these positions are currently being taken.

• A groundbreaking ceremony for the new turf field at Brevard High School will be held at 3:30 p.m. on May 1.

Medallion, the company that won the bid for the football field at BHS, will begin work on the field, with a projected completion in time for the first game against Owen High on Aug. 22.

• The North Carolina National Board Certification Program has recognized Jeremy Gibbs, Transylvania County Schools’ district coordinator, for exemplary service in supporting National Board certification candidates and National Board certified teachers.

• The Sigma Xi award for interdisciplinary research was presented to geology major Jared Voris of Brevard for his study, “Lateral Osteoderm Analysis of Desmatosuchus Spurensis,” an analysis of two fossilized scales from the crocodile-like aetosaurs found in an Arizona quarry.

Voris is a graduate of Rosman High School and attends Appalachian State University.

• The Pisgah Forest Elementary School Science Olympiad Team won first place at the Buncombe County Regional Elementary Tournament. Students competed against elementary schools from Buncombe and Henderson counties in 18 categories that involve engineering skills and general science knowledge.

Pisgah Forest took first place in Water Rockets, Bone and Brawn, Genes-R-Us, The Heat is On, and Work It Out. They also placed second in Fossil Frenzy, Junk Box Build-Off, Trajeggtory, Backyard Biologists, Bridge-a-Roni, Data Crunchers, and Describe It/Build It. Coached by Bob Dinsdale and Stefanie Tomlin, the team has been building, researching and studying since November to prepare for the competition.

The Science Olympiad members are A. J. Eberhardt, Graham Patterson, Haley Yarbrough, Estrella Sheehan, Willow Blackstock, Milo Jones, Kiernan Lockhart, Pearl Brown, Ada Weaver, Robert Hienemann, Charlie Stewart, MacKenzie Caison, Brendan Farmer, Chris Conner, and Bobby Brown.

• At Rosman and Pisgah Forest Elementary schools, volunteers were recently treated to students singing, refreshments, and thanks from teachers and administrators for the thousands of hours donated by volunteers throughout the school year.

On April 10 at RES, 33 volunteers were invited to share lunch and review the positive results their work has created for the school. Special thanks were extended to a handful of volunteers from the Augustine Literacy Project, which helps individual students get hours of one-on-one assistance from highly trained tutors.

Among the volunteers recognized on April 17 at PFES were Gerald and Nancy Deaver, who have assisted with one or two classes per week for 20 years, and Linda Snowdon, who taught at Pisgah Forest for 13 years and has since volunteered for another 10.

Brevard Community Church, where volunteers train for the Augustine Literacy Project, recently provided breakfast for PFE teachers to show their continuing support for our schools.

• During the week of April 7, Brevard Elementary School classes participated in “Coins for a Cure” to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

With containers in each class, students brought in pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, and so on to meet their goal of $50 per class, or $1,500 for the school. Brevard Elementary students raised more than $1,900 for the CF Foundation on behalf of BES second grader Madi Ball, one of several area residents with cystic fibrosis.

A check will be formally presented at the organization’s annual Great Strides Walk in Brevard on May 3.

Grassroots fundraising is currently the only way to support new treatments to extend and improve the lives of those with CF. School nurse April Owenby spearheaded the drive. The program was so successful, there are plans to help expand it to other schools in coming years.

• The Health Occupations Student Association of Brevard High School held a blood drive with the American Red Cross on April 17 in the BHS gymnasium.

According to HOSA advisor and Health Sciences teacher, Trina Hendricks, “Our community heavily depends on high school blood drives to support the demand for blood in our community.

Having a niece who just received platelets this week for her childhood cancer, I greatly appreciate it as well.”

Out of 66 people who presented to donate, 35 of them were first-time donors.

The Red Cross acquired 59 productive units — nine more than the goal of 50 units.

Twenty student volunteers helped to put on the event.

• At 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, just ahead of the Assault on the Carolinas, almost 110 runners, young and old, gathered for Pisgah Forest Elementary School’s first-ever Raccoon Run 5K.

Surpassing their goal of 100 participants, organizers were pleased by the turnout. Members of ROPE, the Rangers Organization of Parents and Educators, started organized the event.

The first Raccoon Run 5K raised more than $3,000 from sponsors led by Hunter Subaru of Hendersonville, and another $1,100 from participants.

• During the week of April 14, Mrs. Pauer’s fifth grade class at Brevard Elementary School enjoyed the final stages of their collaboration with composer and professor Jenn Jolley of Ohio Wesleyan University. BES music teacher Sarah Moser teamed with Brevard College professor Miller Asbill to commission a brand-new work, entitled “Through the Looking Glass Falls,” which received its world premiere on Thursday, April 17, at the Porter Center.

The piece was composed by Jolley, based on musical ideas created by the fifth graders themselves.

The project was made possible thanks to support from Brevard College, Brevard Community Band, and the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation.

• Communication skills teacher Kelly Muse and social studies teacher Leah Hammond of Brevard Middle School organized a trip for almost 50 eighth graders to Washington, D.C. in early April.

Accompanied by Principal Kerry Putnam and Lewis Whiteside, the group visited attractions around the nation’s capital, including the Washington and Lincoln Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The highlight and focus of the trip, however, was the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

• Since Thanksgiving, Rosman High School horticulture teacher Heather McNeely has worked with horticulture classes, student volunteers and members of the Future Farmers of America to prepare and grow produce for spring sales at the Transylvania Farmers Market. On Saturday, April 19, McNeely, her student teacher and seven volunteers helped kick off this year’s season opening at the Farmers Market, again packing up a trailer full of hanging baskets, annuals, succulents, lettuce bowls and herbs for sale in downtown Brevard.

According to McNeely, they could bring many, many more basil plants and still sell out at every market. The single greenhouse at RHS provides a central location for students to gain practical knowledge of hydroponics and other growing methods, as well as learning business skills and volunteer service.

Proceeds from Saturday sales go back into the program.

Students from Transylvania County Schools have art work featured in the TC Arts Council from April 7-30.

An opening reception on April 10 gave art teachers and students an occasion to gather and celebrate their best works from throughout the school year.

The student art exhibit will also help to launch the annual series of 4th Friday Gallery Walks at another reception at the TC Arts Council on April 25 from 5-9 p.m ., along with a performance by Davidson River Taiko. Art teachers Emily Atkinson (BMS), Elizabeth Ballard (TCH and RMS), John Brinkley (RES), Vernon Bryson (PFES), Pam Granger-Gale (BES), Sean Parrish (BHS), and Amy Schoenacher (BHS) brought the annual show together.