Yancey Commissioners Provide Assistance to Classroom Teachers, Students with Innovative Programs
As another school year gets into full swing, Yancey County Commissioners have taken actions to support classroom teachers and provide technology resources to students in the county's schools. County government recognizes the valuable work of our public school classroom teachers and that too often their hard work is overlooked or taken for granted. "Teachers are vital to the community and valued for their dedication to educating the children of Yancey County and we are always looking for ways to support their efforts," stated Commissioner Johnny Riddle.
Each year teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets for classroom supplies that are needed to provide a quality education for our children. The state is responsible for providing funding to teachers for classroom supplies but that funding in not adequate to meet the needs for standard classroom supplies. This summer, Yancey Commissioners provided funding for the Yancey County Classroom Supply Assistance Program. This County program provides an annual $150 stipend to every Yancey County classroom teacher to purchase instructional supplies and materials for their classroom. "As a career educator, I know what it's like to be in that classroom every day. This stipend will provide teachers needed resources to offset the amount they spend out-of-pocket for the classroom supplies," stated Commissioner John Stallings. Recently, commissioners visited each Yancey County school to discuss this new program with teachers and administrators. Commissioners also hosted a back-to-school event at Cane River Park to distribute basic school supplies directly to students and families to further attempt to equip students with the materials they need to be successful in school.
Yancey County has also invested in technology equipment for students. This year, Yancey Commissioners provided funding for the one-to-one technology program at Mountain Heritage High School. This program provides every high school student a Chromebook computer to be used for educational purposes. This highly successful program recognizes the critical importance of getting computers and other devices in the hands of county students. This year the commissioners provided the school system nearly $75,000 for the one-to-one technology program. "In today's economy, students must have a thorough understanding of computers and possess the critical skills needed to excel the workplace," stated Commissioner Jill Austin.
"The commissioners work closely with the Board of Education to ensure Yancey County students and staff have the facilities and equipment necessary to succeed and these programs provide that direct assistance needed by our teachers and students," stated County Manager Nathan Bennett.
Commissioners meet with Mountain Heritage High School teachers.