Catawba Commissioners Vote YES for K-64!

Catawba Commissioners Vote YES for K-64!
Posted on 01/18/2017
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PHOTO ID (L-R) Discussing K-64: Hickory Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Robbie Adell,  

County Commissioner Chair, Randall Isenhower and County Manager, Mick Berry


Catawba Commissioners Vote YES for K-64!

During the January 17 meeting of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, the K-64 Resolution was presented by County Manager, Mick Berry and County Attorney, Debra Bechtel.

“We’ve been bringing this together for quite some time,” said Berry, as he addressed the crowd in Newton’s historic courthouse.

“It takes a lot of great work collaborating as a team. The three school systems, Catawba  County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton Conover City Schools – along with Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC), have exemplified ‘success on steroids’ as they made this a county-wide approach,” said Berry.

“Every student in the county will have access to technology, soft skills, employer engagement, and opportunities with local employers who have footprints all over the world,” said Berry. “The leaders in these efforts are clearly a united team, combining education with the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and the Catawba County government. There’s also a host of collaborative community businesses bringing the K-64 Resolution to fruition.”

A critical first step, according to Berry, is to leverage the private funds and to anticipate the public kick-off.

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC, stated that K-64 proves the existence of collaborative unity in Catawba County. “We are working together—and building partnerships. This effort will assure that every child has an opportunity for their future,” said Hinshaw.

According to Dr. Robbie Adell, superintendent of Hickory Public Schools, implementing K-64 in the education of all students in Catawba County will change this county’s landscape -- forever. “K-64 will reduce the poverty in our community. We will send more kids to college. We will have greater success in helping our English-as-Second Language (ESL) students,” said Adell. “I thank the County Commissioners for their consideration and voting for the future of our children.”

Additional speakers following Dr. Adell included Dr. David Stegall, NCCS superintendent, Dr. Matt Stover, CCS superintendent, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC, Scott Millar, president, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and Lindsay Keisler, interim president, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

During the presentation by Dr. Stover, the County Commissioners were provided with technical devices for a session in virtual reality (viewing images of a school) using Google Expedition.

The next steps, said Bechtel, will include meeting with the current participating partners and review the resolution and bylaws as we work to fulfill the goals of the county’s economic development and education.

The K-64 Resolution was then presented by Commissioner Chairman, Randall Isenhower, for a vote. Commissioner, Sherry Butler made the motion and the vote for the K-64 Resolution was unanimously passed by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners which also include Vice-Chair - Barbara Beatty, Kitty Barnes and Dan Hunsucker.

In closing, Commissioner Isenhower shared his enthusiasm for the K-64 Resolution. “I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the research and preparation. A significant amount of funds will go into K-64, but I believe this will be a success as it will be run by the people of Catawba County—collaborating for the future,” said Isenhower. “What great partners we have and I have great confidence in the success of K-64.”

FYI Update:

K-64 is an initiative designed to eventually place technology devices in the hands of every student—at every age level—every performance level—in all public schools in Catawba County—including Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton Conover City Schools – and for use at CVCC.  It will cost millions—spread out over time; but the county commissioners have voted to start the process. It will take time and training to get everything (and everyone) in place ; but like technology, education is always changing! And for the better! The school districts are excited about this opportunity for the students!



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