Program Recap - Sept. 3, 2014
At its most recent meeting, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Assistant Superintendent of the Jackson County Public School System. Dr. Elliott provided the club with an update on schools and educational initiatives in the county following the opening of the 2014-15 school year.
Dr. Elliott is a graduate of Appalachian State University and has more than 27 years of experience working in the education field. Most of that time was spent working in rural mountain school districts not at all unlike that of Jackson County. She began her talk remarking on the quality of recruitment the county had heading into the year, and clarified several points about teacher salaries and raises that has been causing some confusion in the community.
Dr. Elliott went on to highlight some of the initiatives the county has adopted or will be implementing in the future to build stronger relationships, empower teachers, and increase student learning across the board. These included the establishment of Professional Learning Communities to offer professional development and learning opportunities to teachers and staff, placing a renewed emphasis on increasing the quantity and quality of parent communication, and fostering stronger partnerships with civic clubs, community organizations, other schools and counties, and those who serve as school liaisons.
Dr. Elliott concluded her talk by thanking the Club and others like it for consistent support of schools and the pursuit of educational opportunity for all. She encouraged those present to remain active, concerned members of the educational community. “We remain strong with your support.”
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meets every Wednesday morning at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Highway 107S. For more information on how to attend a meeting, become a Cashiers Rotarian, or get involved with a service opportunity, please visit www.cashiersrotary.org or www.facebook.com/cashiersncrotary.