School Board Approves Solution to Address Commercial Composting Odors
 
 
 
 
On July 12, the Board of Education heard a presentation by Jim Moorefield, Project Manager for the new Davie County High School, and Michael Spillman, Facilities Director. Mr. Moorefield gave an overview of his concerns with odors at the new Davie County High School that is currently under construction. The odors are associated with a commercial composting facility located behind the school. Mr. Moorefield and the general contractor are concerned that soft materials being installed in the school later this fall, such as ceiling tile and carpet, will absorb the odors. Over the past several months, they have consulted with mechanical engineers and presented a needlepoint ionization solution that will treat fresh air coming into the heating and air conditioning systems, and improve indoor air quality. The solution presented for the new Davie County High School will cost $85,532.

For over a year, there have been complaints about odors at North Davie Middle School located next to the new high school. These odors are also coming from the commercial composting facility behind the new high school. Engineers are preparing an estimate for retrofitting HVAC units at North Davie Middle School.

Since early 2016, there have been multiple reports from Pinebrook Elementary School about odors associated with a new commercial composting facility located within a half mile of the school along interstate 40. The principal and staff have reported strong odors outside and inside the school. Engineers proposed the same solution to address odors that affect the indoor learning environment at Pinebrook. The solution presented will cost $89,086.

The Board of Education authorized the use of capital outlay reserve funds to proceed with the Pinebrook Elementary project, and will consider the solutions for the new Davie County High School and North Davie Middle School at their next meeting. The board asked staff to make a special request for the funds for all three projects from the Davie County Board of Commissioners. Capital outlay funds are used to maintain and repair our schools, as well as purchase equipment and technology. These air quality projects fall outside the scope of regular maintenance and repair.

We have concerns with the effects of odors from commercial composting at our schools. Commercial composting is a process that takes manures and other agricultural waste, meat, post consumer-source separated food wastes and other specialty wastes that are relatively low in physical contaminants, but may have high levels of pathogens. The odors from these processes have a negative effect on the operation of our schools, but the permitting, inspection, and regulation enforcement of commercial composting facilities is the responsibility of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Waste Management Division. Our concerns about odors from these facilities have been reported to local and state officials.

The Board of Education has approved a solution to address indoor air quality, which is the only area of our schools where we can try to maintain control of the odors. Installation at Pinebrook Elementary is expected to be complete within the next eight weeks. A request for funding the three projects will be made at the August 1 meeting of the Davie County Board of Commissioners.

Our primary goal is to continue to provide a safe and pleasant learning and teaching environment for our students and staff. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the superintendent’s office at 336-751-5921.
 
 
 
 
 
Bridge Out on Pinebrook School Road
 
 
 
 
There will be a new temporary traffic pattern in the Pinebrook School area as we begin the 2016-17 school year. The bridge on Pinebrook School Road between Hwy 158 and the Interstate 40 overpass is being rebuilt. Traffic to Pinebrook Elementary School will need to use Farmington Road to access Pinebrook School Road until the road reopens sometime after September 19. Thank you to NCDOT for improving our roads and thank you for your patience during this construction project. See the map below for details.
 
 
 
 
 
Parent Resources for Technology Safety
 
 
 
 
I often hear parents concerned about their child’s activity on the internet, social media, or use of their smart phone. Technology is an incredible resource, but children are vulnerable when technology is used the wrong way or is used without proper supervision. Check out this wonderful site to equip parents with resources to talk to their children about being safe in a world connected by technology. Visit this website to learn more about how children are using technology today, and learn ways to help protect our children from the many dangers associated with technology when it is used inappropriately.
 
 
 
 
 
Open House/Supply Lists
 
 
 
 
Preschool Tuesday, August 23, By Appointments
Elementary Schools Thursday, August 25, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Middle Schools
  • 6th Grade
Wednesday, August 24, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • 7th & 8th Grade
Thursday, August 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Central Davie Academy Thursday, August 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Davie County High School
  • Freshman Orientation
Wednesday, August 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 10th-12th Grades
Thursday, August 25, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Davie County Early College High School
  • Freshman Open House
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Early College Family Kick Off Orientation
Thursday, August 11, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM​
 
 
Open House/Supply Lists
 
 
 
 
Back to School Community Efforts
 
 
 
 
Davie County is fortunate that we have such tremendous community support for education. To ensure that all students have a great start to school, several groups are going to extra efforts to make sure that our students receive the supplies and encouragement needed to succeed. 

A Storehouse for Jesus
Distribution of School Supplies is to Davie County school children only and proof of residence is required.  Please check with A Storehouse for Jesus for distribution details.

Back 2 School Empowerment Day
The Back 2 School Empowerment Day event will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 12:00- 4:00 pm at the Davie High Gym. The Back 2 School Empowerment Initiative’s mission is to advance and advocate the common good for all Davie County students, specifically targeting those that are living below poverty guidelines, and to provide a platform to communicate information that will inspire, empower, motivate and equip our students to Get Ready, Get Set and Succeed in the upcoming school year. 

Build A Backpack
The Build A Backpack program is intended to help students in need with basic school supplies provided in a backpack. This effort is lead by Walmart and supported by the Davie County United Way, Davie County Schools and many businesses, organizations and community members.

Applications will be taken through August 21, 2016. Supplies will be collected at the Walmart in Mocksville until August 21, 2016. The backpacks will be delivered to the schools for pick up at Open House. Homeschoolers will be notified by email with pick up details. Complete School Supplies Lists and Open House information will be posted on the Davie County Schools' website.

Tools for Schools
After Build A Backpack collections at Walmart have been completed and through August 31, schools have the opportunity to collect school supplies for their supply closets through WFMY's Tools for Schools. Interested schools and school clubs will need to schedule their time(s) with Stephanie Koefoed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Davie County School’s Child Nutrition Services provides free meals during the summer to any child between the age of one and eighteen. This summer, meals will be served at multiple sites across our county Monday through Friday. There are no income requirements or registration. For more information, contact the Child Nutrition Services office at 336-751-2751, visit us at www.davie.k12.nc.us for a complete listing of meal sites and times, or click on the buttons below.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.
 
 
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Be a Part of History!

We are excited to open the new Davie County High School in the fall of 2017! The Brick Fundraiser is a way for our community to support the new school and be a part of history. Funds raised will be used for outdoor furniture for the courtyard, as well as the concession stand/restroom area for baseball and softball fields. 

Early Bird Special - Order by 10/01/16 and save $25.00! For more information and to order, please click below on the Brick Fundraiser image.
 
 
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
Superintendent
 
 
 
 
(336) 751-5921  |  davie.k12.nc.us |  220 Cherry St, Mocksville, North Carolina  27028 
 
 
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