NCCS school board approves 2012-13 calendar

Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) students and teachers will return to the classroom in early August next school year.

The NCCS Board of Education approved a calendar Monday night that will send teachers to school Aug. 2 and students Aug. 7. The last day of class will be May 23, 2013.

The calendar aligns with a schedule Catawba County Schools approved earlier this month.

Other actions and reports:
* The board approved a name change for Newton-Conover Health Science High School.

“Now, those students will attend The Discovery High School at Newton-Conover,” said board Chairman Scott Loudermelt.

The name change will better align with the school’s mission, officials say.

* The board selected Little Diversified Architectural Consulting as the architect for the planned new South Newton Elementary School, which is expected to open in fall 2013 at the current site on “I” Street in Newton. Little served NCCS as the architect for the system’s new Newton-Conover Middle School (NCMS).

* System leaders recognized two longtime employees — Melanie Elrod and Jim Sprinkle.

Elrod has worked 34 years in NCCS, and Sprinkle has served the system 23 years.

* Construction of the new NCMS is on schedule for completion in April, as planned, NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond said.

* Two nominations have been submitted so far for NCCS’ new Red Blazer Award, which will award citizens who have made significant contributions to the school system. Nominations are due by the end of this month.

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