â€¨â€¨About 40 children gathered in a Newton churchâ€™s kitchen Thursday. They sat around three fold-up tables and were ready to eat lunch â€” their chatter steady as their left and right feet tapped the tiled floor repeatedly.â€¨The room was dim, and the only light came from a few glimmering rays diving through the buildingâ€™s original glass windows.
Nine Catawba County schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act. And officials offer praise to the schools that did make the AYP, even if they feel it's not acceptable testing.
"One child in a subgroup can hold you back," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
With about 40 students in each subgroup, Barger said he does not think the AYP results are an appropriate way to rate school systems.
County commissioners recently approved a fund transfer that will help pay for a $30 million public safety expansion project.Â â€¨Commissioners appropriated $1,555,455 to the countyâ€™s justice and public safety center expansion project that started about three years ago.
The expansion project will give the justice center more courtrooms and revitalize a 911 communications center that is in need of restoration, said Rodney Miller, Catawba County finance director over facilities.Â