Marshall County school board members got some good news about students' progress and great strides by the school system in general.
The Chapel Hill Lions Club, through its non-profit dictionary project, will be giving a dictionary to every third grader at Chapel Hill Elementary School. Nearly 132 have been provided this year.
Meanwhile, CHES will be the site of the board meeting in May. Several times a year, the board holds a meeting away from Central Office to give more community members a better chance to see their elected officials in action. The February meeting, when Roy Dukes was chosen as director, was held at Cornersville Elementary.
Dukes told the board he had received preliminary Basic Education Program statistics from the state, and the director said they appear "real good," and federal funding for a program for children of low income families. Funding for Special Education also appears to be well-received.
"Please don't clap," Dukes told the audience. "Wait to see if it's correct."
BEP is the funding formula through which state funding is calculated for distribution to local schools.
The board was also told that some of high school students in the county have qualified to go to national events of their organizations, and most of the cost of their trips will be funded by money already in the budget.
After attending the state leadership meeting earlier this month, three members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization (FCCLA) are going to a national meeting in Chicago this July. One of those students is from Cornersville High School; the other two are Marshall County High School students.
Three students are qualified to go to the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 33rd Annual National Leadership Conference in Orlando this June, and a Marshall County High School HOSA member was named State Parliamentarian, the first-ever HOSA state officer from MCHS.
HOSA is a national student organization. Its missions are to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily, reaching nearly 107,000 members through 47 chartered HOSA state associations.
FCCLA is an even bigger group. According to the group's Web site, "FCCLA is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Today over 220,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace."