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School board gives go-ahead to new stadium for Reynolds

NOVEMBER 28 – The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted 6-3 last night to allow Home Field Advantage to begin raising money for a new stadium for Reynolds High School.

The money would be raised with the intent to build the stadium next to Wiley Middle School on property the school system owns adjacent to Hanes Park. It would include 2,200 to 2,500 seats and a practice field. As part of the project, the current Wiley gym would be torn down, with a new one built closer to Northwest Boulevard. Reynolds’ Bryson Gym would be partially renovated; the girls’ gym would remain as it is. On the illustration available here, the plans are noted as Option C.

The plans are contingent on Home Field Advantage, a private group supporting Reynolds High School and its athletic programs, raising the money to pay for the projects. The school board also would need to approve site plans once the money is raised. Board members Buddy Collins, John Davenport, Jane Goins, Donny Lambeth, Jeannie Metcalf and Marilyn Parker voted to approve the plans; Vic Johnson, Elisabeth Motsinger and Jill Tackabery voted against them.

In other actions, the board:
  • held a public hearing to receive naming suggestions for the new Zone 1 elementary school that will open in August. No one spoke at the hearing.
  • recognized Bruce Boyer of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and Monica Young for their contributions to education. The Chamber has given many grants to Kernersville schools and raised money through the Eating for Education program. Young was given the Key Community Volunteer Award from the Chamber for her efforts supporting the school system and Kernersville.
  • Gene Newell for his service in the county clerk’s office as he handles fines and forfeitures that are given to the school system.
  • heard about how the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the school system will use EVAAS scores in teacher evaluations. EVAAS is a statistical method that shows whether students did worse, better or as expected in a teacher’s classroom.
  • heard about the Global Schools Network and ideas about language immersion programs. Ashley IB Magnet Elementary School has a Spanish-immersion program, and Konnoak Elementary School has a Mandarin Chinese-immersion program.
  • voted unanimously to approve a standard mode of dress, or uniforms, at Mineral Springs Elementary School.
  • voted unanimously to approve school improvement plans for Ashley IB Magnet Elementary, Gibson Elementary, Mineral Springs Middle and Wiley Middle schools. The schools have been identified as focus schools by the Department of Public Instruction because of in-school achievement gaps between subgroups of students or subgroups with low achievement.
  • voted unanimously to approve a revision to AR 5124, Grade Reporting Regulations. The revision treats the new common exams given by the state the same as current end-of-course tests. The new exams will count 25 percent of the student’s final grade, and students will not be able to be exempted from the exams.
Theo Helm