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Wingate Elementary gets Lighthouse School award

Wingate Elementary has received the 2009 North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) Lighthouse School Award.

The Lighthouse Award is presented annually to five North Carolina schools that have furthered student achievement in innovative and creative ways and have nurtured a positive and supportive school community climate.

Wingate Elementary is located in the eastern part of Union County. Its student population of 624 is comprised of 44 percent African-American, 30 percent Hispanic and 23 percent Caucasian. Seventy-five percent of the population is considered economically disadvantaged.

In spite of these challenges, “the school continues to demonstrate and model the belief and the reality that all students can learn and achieve at high levels,” stated the nomination letter written by UCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Stegall and UCPS Director of Elementary Education Lori Cauthen.

This is confirmed by data which shows the school continues to meet the new standards each year, even when the bar is raised by the state and the No Child Left Behind guidelines.

The school has been designated as a School of Distinction for six out of the past seven years, which means 80 to 89 percent of its student population is at or above grade level according to the ABC’s performance status.

The award was presented February 12, 2009, at the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference in Pinehurst.

Wingate Elementary principal Kristy Thomas and her staff were recognized during a March 3, 2009, Board of Education meeting. 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 09, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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