Oakboro commissioners hear from new STEM school principal

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During open forum at last week’s board meeting, Kelly Dombrowski, the new principal at Oakboro Choice STEM School, spoke to town commissioners about the opening of the new school for the 2017-2018 school year.

Oakboro Elementary, which was shuttered for the 2016-2017 school year, will reopen in August as a K-8 choice, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school. As a choice school, the new school is available to all students in the county.

Dombrowski explained STEM as a style of learning. “The curriculum will be the same as what our students are studying throughout the state of North Carolina; however, at Oakboro Choice STEM, we are going to put a focus on the manner in which we learn. The hands-on approach, the reflective thinking…making the lesson plan jump off the paper.”

Currently the assistant principal at South Stanly High School, Dombrowski is transitioning to her new role at Oakboro Choice STEM and is working to put staff in place for the upcoming school year. Kindergarten camp dates for the school have been set for August 8 and 9.

Anyone interested in attending the new school can drop off enrollment forms at the school or the county office. Dombrowski explained that applications are not needed to determine acceptance to the school, but are necessary to determine the number of teachers and staff needed for the upcoming school year.

Dombrowski said the upcoming year will be a busy and exciting one for the new school. “The eyes of the county are going to be watching us and I think there’s a wonderful opportunity to shine,” she said. “It’s going to be a fun year.”

“We are extremely excited about having you here in Oakboro,” said Mayor Doug Burgess.

Lynn Huneycutt, director of Quality Child Care, also spoke during open forum, welcoming the new principal and challenging local businesses to support the STEM school.

“I personally would like to adopt a classroom and meet with the teacher about their needs,” said Huneycutt. “We’re happy to have our school back…we need to make this thing shine.”

She also challenged the board to make the 99 year old school building a part of the town’s historic district.

For up-to-date information about the school, visit the Oakboro Choice STEM page on Facebook. Questions about the school can also be emailed to Kelly Dombrowski at kelly.dombrowski@stanlycountyschools.org.

In other matters:

  • The board approved the accounts payable in the amount of $48,543.51.
  • Captain Craig Richards presented the police report as follows: 533 neighborhood/business checks, three arrests, 100 escorts, four misdemeanor larcenies, one assault, two damaged properties, one stolen property report, one disturbance, one trespass, 24 citations and one warning written.
  • Mayor Pro Tem Mike Efird provided an update on the new street project which will move Hwy. 205 to line up with Hwy. 138. The stoplight in town will be moved to the new intersection. The project will create a bigger intersection for trucks to make safe turns. Efird said NCDOT is almost finished buying the right of way for the new street and plans to start construction soon. The project will not be finished before July 4 as hoped, but construction will be cleaned up and the area made safe for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Road work will resume after the celebration.
  • Parks and Recreation Director Daniel Smith said spring soccer and baseball are wrapping up for the season. The fields at the park are also being used for travel tournaments on weekends. Smith also said a new sign has been installed at the main entrance to the park.
  • A public hearing regarding the 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
Oakboro Choice STEM K-8 School will open in August.

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