By Sharieka Botex
The Daily Reflector
The custodial staff at North Pitt High School was recognized for their contributions to learning during Monday’s Pitt County Board of Education meeting.
The staff received the Clean School Award for providing a clean and safe learning facilities which help improve student performance, Maurice Harris, North Pitt’s principal, said during the Spotlight of Teaching and Learning.
A third-party contractor inspects visits each school in the fall and in the spring, said Travis Lewis, Pitt County Schools spokesman. Facility services staff also conduct inspections and scores are awarded.
North Pitt High School’s custodial staff received a trophy along with Harris’s praise. He said each day they go above and beyond, assisting with upkeep in other schools.
“I am a firm believer that in order for a school to achieve, it must have an environment that is conducive for learning,” Harris said. “Without a doubt, the environment at North Pitt High School is just that. It’s an environment that is conducive for learning because it is a clean school. A clean school is not attributed to the newness of the building, but to the staff that maintains it.”
J.H. Rose High School head custodian Sheldon Taylor, who oversees a team of nine, received the Barry Gaskins Ambassador Award.
“Mr. Taylor’s work and leadership is most often behind the scenes and beyond his duties as a lead custodian,” said J.H. Rose Principal Monica Jacobson, who presented the award.
The school system was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award by Larry Price of Cenergistic, a company that helps public institutions identify improvements that can save on energy costs.
Price said the district has saved close to $2.5 million in 28 months. “You all are really an example of a great energy program, because you have commitment (to) this from the board through the staff,” he said.
Title I 2017-2018 plan approved
Middle schools will now receive Title I funding under the 2017-18 plan unanimously approved by the Board of Education.
Title I provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
“Right now every school in our county…under this new model, except Hope (Middle School) and the high schools are going to receive Tittle I funding,” said Cheryl Olmsted, assistant superintendent of educational programs and services. “The middle schools never received it before, except at Wellcome Middle. I am curious to see how it’s going
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