School board welcomes new member, celebrates clean audit

Posted at 7:13 AM on Oct 10, 2017


PHOTO: Accompanied by his wife Cathy, Samuel Kennington was sworn in as the newest I-SS board member on Monday. Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court Jim Mixson administered the oath of office.


The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education welcomed new District 3 representative Samuel Kennington on Monday, a week after selecting him to fill the vacancy created by Cindy Haynes’ resignation.

Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court Jim Mixson administered the oath of office. Kennington raised his right hand and promised to “faithfully support and maintain” state and federal laws and “faithfully discharge the duties of my office as a member of the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education” to the best of his abilities and knowledge.

Kennington was selected by the board from a pool of eight applicants. His background in education, particularly his knowledge of charter schools and experience with school budgeting, boosted his candidacy.

His term expires in December 2018.

Superintendent Brady Johnson said Kennington has hit the ground running. The new member visited the central office on Friday to meet with school administrators and listened to brief department updates.

Kennington, who appeared comfortable during the meeting, said he’s looking forward to serving in this new role and thanked the board for their confidence in him.

Also, during the Oct. 9 meeting:

The board received and unanimously approved the district’s 2016-17 audited financial statements from accounting firm Coffey, Lovins and Company, PLLC.

John Rosental, a partner in the Statesville firm, presented the audit and reported that the district received a “clean opinion.”

Chief Finance Officer Melissa Wike and her staff prepared the financial statements, Rosental explained.

Here’s some of the highlights of the statements:

  • The Local Current Expense Fund decreased fund balance by $16,357.
  • The Capital Outlay Fund increased fund balance by $1,018,121.
  • The Other Special Revenue fund increased fund balance by $29,212.
  • The Child Nutrition Fund had net income of $39,489.
  • The Child Care Fund had net loss of $28,890 for the year ended June 30, 2017.

Chairman Martin Page expressed his appreciation for the work that the finance team did on the audit and throughout the year. He noted that the board budgeted more than $500,000 to be spent out of fund balance last year, but that the finance department managed used only $16,000 of it.

“You’ve done a marvelous job … nothing but high praises for you, your staff and your whole organization,” Page added.

Crosby’s Casino Aspire Night

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Beth Packman, a board member of Crosby Scholars of Iredell County, spoke about the Casino Aspire night (for adults) scheduled for Nov. 11 from 7 to 11 Trump National Golf course in Mooresville.

The theme is “Place your bet on Sending a student to college.”

Crosby Scholars is a free program that helps local youth become better students, while exploring career and education options and helping them prepare for the next steps in their education journey.

The fundraiser will help Crosby Scholars create a scholarship fund known as “Last Dollar” grants in order to provide students with financial aid for college. The first group of students will finish the program this year and will be eligible for scholarship aid.

The cost of the evet is $100 per ticket, which includes a chance to win $5,000 in a reverse raffle, includes a buffet-style dinner and $300 in casino cash. Games include Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette and participants can win prizes with their casino earnings.

She said that you do not have to be present to win the $5,000 prize. Tickets can be purchased at:


I-SS Board of Education received the Golden Bell Award from the state school board association for “doing their homework” and obtaining professional development, I-SS Superintendent Brady Johnson said. Pictured (from left) are Superintendent Brady Johnson; school board members Max James, Chuck Gallyon, Martin Page; Anna Bonham; Charles Kelly; Bill Howell and Samuel Kennington.

The Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center was recognized for its involvement in the schools with sexual abuse prevention programming for students in first and fifth grade. Pictured (from left) are Alvera Lesane, board member; Allegra Knapp, Safety & Education advocate; Jackie Bumgarner, Executive Director; Tim Goff, board chair; Tom Maupin, board chair; and Anna Bonham, school board member.

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