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CCHS one of state's top schools

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School recognized by Virginia Living magazine

By Shaina Stockton

HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School has received recognition by Virginia Living magazine as one of the top schools in the state.

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CCHS will be featured in the publication’s October edition, Director of School Improvement Beverly Adams-Parker said at the Carroll County School Board’s Sept. 9 meeting.

“The high school is in a list of 150 of the most innovative educational programs in public and private high schools, as well as both two- and four-year colleges,” she told the board. “These schools were designated as the schools that lead the way across the state.”

Each of the schools were recognized in five categories: arts and humanities, science and math technology, performing arts, heath and medicine and capital improvement. “We were selected for our capital improvement for the STEM lab, and for our potential for innovative programming, as well as the construction we have completed at the high school,” Parker said.

Parker presented CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson with a certificate from the magazine. “This is a great accomplishment, and we offer our congratulations,” Parker said.

The high school has credited its faculty and staff, its students, the Carroll County School Board, the Board of Supervisors, and the community for their parts in expanding and strengthening the student experience in and beyond the classroom. “We are blessed in Carroll County to have a true comprehensive high school, dedicated to the future needs of our students,” Parker said.

The school board also recognized the Carroll Wellness Center for their Schools N Pools program. During the 2004-2005 school year, the wellness center and the school system introduced the American Red Cross “Longfellow’s Whale Tales” program to the fourth grade classes. The program is designed to teach children how to prevent and respond to water-related accidents, and introduces the basics in swimming.

Director of Secondary Education Dr. Mark Burnette presented Wellness Center Director Laura Coleman with a certificate of recognition for their partnerships with the schools. “We are pleased we could participate in a small way in the education and well-being of the children in Carroll County,” Coleman said.

The board members kept the family of the late Randall Gravley, who helped found the Wellness Center, in their thoughts during the presentation. “Randall certainly left an imprint in this community, and he will be missed,” said a board member.

In other action Sept. 9, the board:

• approved a series of field trip requests

• appointed representatives to the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee

• declared surplus property for the school’s annual auction