I-SS appoints new principals at East Iredell Elementary, Northview IBO World School
BY KARISSA MILLER
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education approved the appointments of two high-profile principals and a new chief technology officer during Monday’s board meeting.
Oliphant returns to I-SS
Angel Oliphant was named principal at East Iredell Elementary School. She is currently the director of elementary, pre-school and Title I for Cabarrus County Schools. In that capacity, she provides support to five Spanish dual-immersion program schools.
She worked previously as an I-SS principal at Third Creek Elementary in 2011, where she started the Leader in Me program, which is still in existence today.
“We are absolutely delighted to have this young lady back in our school system,” Superintendent Brady Johnson said.
Oliphant is set to begin duties in early April.
Former N.C. Principal of the Year hired to lead Northview
Carrie Tulbert was named principal at Northview IBO World School. She is also no stranger to I-SS, where she previously taught English Language Arts for five years and in an instructional role.
Tulbert, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at Meredith College-Raleigh, was named North Carolina Principal of the Year in 2014, southwest regional principal of the year, and has many other accomplishments and professional honors.
Prior positions include principal at Concord IB Middle School, assistant principal of Mooresville Middle School and principal. She will assume her new role this week.
New chief technology officer hired
David Edwards is the new chief technology officer for I-SS. He has experience implementing blended learning for schools and districts worldwide.
Edwards has experience both in education and in the business world.
His professional experience includes working as the chief communications and professional learning officer for N.C. Virtual Public School and in private business in the area of technology services for educators.
Edwards will begin within the next week or so.
District honors students, staff
Several students and teachers were recognized for their accomplishments during Monday’s meeting. Among them were the Career and Technology School students who were the winners in the NASCAR Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge.
Top Tech Challenge winners are:
• First-place: Reese Hoover, Russell Ghent and advisor Ashley Pope
• Second-place: Austin Chambers, Paul Castle and advisor Michael Bowman.
• Third-place: Brayden Wears, Jeffrey Hurley and Dwayne Troutman.
• Sixth-place: Matthew Gore, Nicholas Duggan and advisor Justin Bennett.
• Seventh-place: Ryan Gause, Walker Blockley and advisor Shane Fox.
I-SS Band Directors honored
I-SS board members also recognized secondary band directors who host the all-county band event for students. All students try out to be a part of all-county band and perform challenging selections at their final performance.
“This is one of the most collaborative groups in the district as evidenced in their ability to share the workload and create processes to make the day run efficiently. This team is an exemplar for teamwork and collaboration,” said Kelly Cooper, executive director of secondary education.
EnergyUnited Youth Tour participants
South Iredell High School students Olivia Kastor and Julia McLain were recognized for being chosen by EnergyUnited to participate in the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
In Other Action
Board members approved the $41.7 million current expense budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The budget represents a 12.3 percent or $4.5 million increase over the current budget. Some of the main items are mandated raises, school nurses, maintenance workers and school safety. This budget must be turned into the Iredell County commissioners by March 13. The budget will undergo many revisions and cannot be finalized until the district knows what funds are coming from the state.
Rob Jackson, director of construction, said the district received two bids from area construction companies, and chose to award the low bid for $681,900 to Bell Construction Co. from Statesville for West Iredell High School’s paving and tennis court project. The work includes drainage pipe, paving and new tennis courts. All work will be completed by Aug. 1. Funds will come out of the district’s capital budget.
Additionally, a tennis court lighting contract for West Iredell High School was awarded to low bidder MUSCO in the amount of $129,000. MUSCO is a premier lighting company that has installed lighting throughout the Southeast a major colleges and professional stadiums, Jackson said.
Watch I-SS Board meetings on Facebook
The I-SS school board is now live streaming both the committee of the whole and regular school board meetings. Visit https://www.facebook.com/IredellStatesvilleSchools/ to watch Monday’s meeting. The next board meeting is April 1 at ADR Education Center, 410 Garfield Street, Statesville.