2016-11-16 / Front Page

RCS opts against articulation agreement

Bethel Hill Charter School students won’t receive enrollment priority at Roxboro Community School
By Maria D. Grandy
Courier-Times Staff Writer

The Roxboro Community

School (RCS) Board of Directors voted unanimously at its Monday night meeting to not enter into an articulation agreement with Bethel Hill Charter School (BHCS).

Last month, BHCS officials submitted a request to the RCS board asking for it to enter into an articulation agreement. The board voted unanimously to not enter into the agreement.

The agreement asked RCS to ensure enrollment priority to students from BHCS. RCS board members agreed last month to allow the Governance Board to discuss the agreement and weigh the pros and cons of such an agreement.

If approved the agreement would made it difficult, if not impossible, for students from other elementary schools in Person County to attend RCS.

“It’s been discussed,” RCS Board Vice Chair Walt Roger said. “We looked at the pros and the cons and enrollment numbers for the past three years. “Based on that, it is the recommendation that we do not enter into an articulation agreement for the purpose of priority enrollment,” Rogers added.

Earlier in the meeting, RCS board members took some time to pay homage to Sam Kennington, who resigned from the board in September.

Kennington was founding principal of RCS over 10 years ago. He also served as interim principal and was the school’s first managing executive director.

Founding and current board member Teresa Fox presented Kennington with a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the school in Kennington’s honor. The area will be named the Samuel R. Kennington Atrium.

Kennington was showered with kind words from former board members and staff. All of them thanked him for his hard work, perseverance, vision and determination to get RCS established and successful.

Fox reminded Kennington they spent only $1,800 to get the school furnished before they opened the doors Aug. 25, 2006.

Wanda Ball, one of the first teachers hired, told Kennington, “You have taught me to always approach life and work with a positive attitude because I have a chance to improve life for a student or coworker.”

That was just one of the many lessons he taught her.

“We thank you so much for guiding us, loving kids and teachers and guiding us to the point of where our current leaders can continue the legacy you began,” Ball added.

Mike Czysz, also one of the first teachers hired by Kennington, thanked him for his leadership.

Former board members Bruce Wrenn, Mark Phillips and Lacy Winstead also thanked Kennington.

Ann Wrenn, the second person hired after Kennington accepted his positions at RCS, said she soon learned not to believe everything he would tell you. During her interview, she asked what her duties would be and he responded, “You’ll be running the school.”

Wrenn retired a few years ago as the office manager and development director.

Kennington thanked everyone for their support. He said when he accepted the position, he told the RCS leaders he would serve for one year and that was all they would get; however, he stayed and helped get the school to where it is now.

Kennington admitted it wasn’t easy, but it was a journey he loved and will always remember.

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