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State Superintendent June Atkinson tours two UCPS schools
North Carolina State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson spent some quality time touring Union County Public Schools, sandwiched around a speaking engagement she had in Monroe.
Dr. Atkinson spoke to Monroe Rotarians at Rolling Hills Country Club Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2013). While in the county, she visited Rock Rest Elementary School and Monroe High School, accompanied by Rep. Craig Horne (R-Union).
At the Rotary luncheon, Atkinson bragged on the quality of teachers in the state. “I wish you could go with me as I visit schools throughout North Carolina and here in Union County and see the phenomenal work our teachers are doing, and see their dedication and commitment. It would be a life-changing experience for people.”
She also spoke about the graduation rate in North Carolina being at an all-time high.
“Statewide, the graduation rate is at 82.5 percent,” she said. “Our aspirational goal is to get to 100 percent. When you think how far we have come, we have made tremendous progress.”
In 2005-2006, the graduation rate in North Carolina was 68 percent, she said. “So we have gone from 68 percent to nearly 83 percent in the state.”
Atkinson spoke on the need for support for public education in North Carolina, stating that she is worried about the teachers.
“Our teacher pay is ranked 46th in the nation,” she said. “Our teachers can go to South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia and as a beginning teacher, make at least $10,000 more than our teachers make in North Carolina. So we need to work harder to make sure we do something about our teacher pay.”
Atkinson also toured two schools in Union County: Rock Rest Elementary School and Monroe High School.
At Rock Rest Elementary Atkinson visited students in the classrooms and with teachers, getting a first-hand look at how teachers work cooperatively to impact student success.
Monroe High School Principal Brad Breedlove said Dr. Atkinson’s visit to his school was important because it was an opportunity to showcase the successes of Monroe High School and the school’s academies.
“Dr. Atkinson was greeted by students and teachers who were excited to speak with her about the many great things we have going on in our school, such as the success of our academies and our improvement in our graduation rate,” Breedlove said. “I am very proud of our students, teachers and staff. And it is wonderful for our students, teachers, and staff to be able to spend some time with the state superintendent in order to showcase our successes.”
For more information about educational matters and Dr. Atkinson, visit the Department of Public Instruction’s web site.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 23, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe