Bain ElementarySchool principal John LeGrand was named Principal of the Year for the East Learning Community at a surprise ceremony in the school’s cafeteria on Thursday, September 12.East Learning Community Superintendent Tonya Kales presented the award.
by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
The Bain auditorium is still slated for demolition, but Mint Hill residents are working to get it removed from the list.
A meeting was held February 19, which saw 70 to 80 people, and a bank account was set up for donations at American Community Bank.
The auditorium has been declared of historical significance, and very early estimates of the cost to refurbish the property are at around $1.5 million.
The Mint Hill Historical Society has commissioned a committee to save Bain auditorium, led by town commissioner Tina Ross.
Ross has spoken to Guy Chamberlain, associate superintendent for auxiliary services at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, as well as the John LeGrande, principal at Bain Elementary, and says the results are positive.
The Charlotte-Meck- lenburg Board of Education appointed Deborah McSwain Heath principal at Clear Creek Elementary. Heath is currently an assistant principal of instruction at Independence High School.
She began her career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a language arts teacher at Carmel Middle School in 1987. She has also taught language arts and social studies at Druid Hills Elementary, Albemarle Road Elementary, Northeast Middle, and Mint Hill Middle schools. Heath became a principal intern at Independence in 2006 and an assistant principal in 2007.
Heath has a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle grades education.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are teaming up with area businesses, Mecklenburg County Police Department, and CBS Radio for “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a campaign to fight bullying.
The program encourages any victims or witnesses to do just what the name suggests—stand up and speak out.
CBS and businesses like Great Clips Salon, Goodwill, Best Buy, MTB Mechanical, and Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are sponsoring the effort, which asks parents, students, and teachers to sign a pledge stating their intent to stop bullying.
The pledge consists of a statement that every student has the right to be respected and safe at school, and promises including treating others respectfully, not bullying, obeying the rules, supporting victims, speaking out, and notifying authority.
Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx came out in support of the program, releasing a video to CBS, encouraging people to join the cause, saying, “If we work together to eliminate bullying at home, at school, in the neighborhoods, and in the communities across our city, the quality of life of our young people will be so much richer.”
At the end of the pledge drive, the elementary, middle, and high schools with the most pledges will receive a CBS Radio pep rally.
A website is currently under construction and should be up and running by the end of the month.
Pledges can be found at any local Great Clips salon, or online at charlotte.cbslocal.com/stand-up-speak-out/.