Catawba Co. Schools board

JOHN BAILEY/HICKORY DAILY RECORD: Leslie Barnette and Dana Greene break down the plan for a dual language immersion program at Sherrills Ford and St. Stephens Elementary schools during the Catawba Co. Schools board meeting Monday.

NEWTON – The Catawba County Schools board continued to support the push for innovative programs in the system after approving plans to create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) academies at three middle schools and dual language immersion programs at two elementary schools, during Monday’s meeting.

The STEAM Academies would be for sixth grade students at Jacobs Fork, Mill Creek and River Bend Middle schools.

The dual language programs will be at Sherrills Ford and St. Stephens Elementary schools.

“We decided on St. Stephens Elementary because we felt like it was a good time with its restart model,” Dana Greene said. “At Sherrills Ford, they’re in a competitive area and they have an interest in offering their families new and innovative programs.”

Both programs are meant to start with the 2018-19 school year.

The board also approved the name transfer of the Thomas E. Brown Stadium from Maiden Middle to the Maiden High School football stadium.

Other board actions

-Approval of new chemical hygiene plan.

-Approval of architectural plans for new cafeteria/kitchen at Claremont and Clyde Campbell Elementary schools.

-Approval of press box/concession stand/restroom facilities for the softball fields at Bandys, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens High schools.

-Approval of purchase of 780 Chromebooks for teachers in grades K-12.

The HDR will provide more details on these board actions as they are available.

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