In a packed Yadkin County School Board meeting last Monday, Eddie Karriker was announced as the new principal of Forbush High School.
Karriker said, “I am very excited and thankful for all of the opportunities that have been afforded me by the Yadkin County School System and the respective communities. I am humbled and excited to take this next step into the role of principal of Forbush High School. With that being said, I look forward to working with a great staff and community to do what is best for the students that we have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis.”
Karriker has served as principal of Courtney Elementary School and assistant principal of Starmount High School.
Chair of the Yadkin County Board of Education Howard McKnight said to Karriker, “Welcome to the land of the Falcons.”
Also in the meeting, Yadkin County School Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin awarded service plaques to outgoing board members Frank Brown and Diane Hampton.
Each board member spoke well wishes and thanked fellow board members during their last meeting together. They affirmed their hard work in making the Yadkin County Public Schools a better place and improving the educational programs along the way.
Brown was commended for his wisdom and experience of more than 40 years in education, and Hampton for her work especially in getting AP classes added to the school system.
Brown and Hampton, in turn, thanked the board and received a standing ovation.
Brown said, “Nothing is more important than education. With it you have a chance to find a job and a life that is successful. School gives people a chance from all walks of life to meet their potential.”
Hampton said, “We need to believe in every child. They need to know they have the potential to do anything. We made a lot of progress.” She added she wanted to see kids pursue sports in early college.
Wendy Contreras Juntos said she was there to support Kerry Aguiler, a student who recently asked for sports in Yadkin Early College.
A main pressing issue discussed was that work needs to be done on school floors at West Yadkin Elementary School and Jonesville Elementary School. At West Yadkin, there is the possibility of needing to replace floors under old carpet, said Martin. At Jonesville Elementary, asbestos tile under the carpet will need to be pulled up and floors replaced, said Maintenance Supervisor Donald Hawks. School gym floors in the schools are also in need of refinishing and waxing, said Martin.
McKnight said the board was appreciative of recent monies of $30,000 given to the school by the county commissioners.
For the pressing school floor needs, the board approved a motion to get started with the work.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.