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BON VOYAGE: Longtime Jamestown official to retire. 1B HELP WANTED: Bush Hill Festival seeks sponsors. 3A WHO’S NEWS DOOR-TO-DOOR CAMPAIGN ---- BACK TO SCHOOL THOMASVILLE – The Thomasville City Council on Monday night will consider endorsing a program that could make upgrades at several of the city’s parks. At the City’s Council’s briefing Monday, City Manager Kelly Craver told members the city’s parks and recreation committee Kevin James was appointed chairman of the accounting department in the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. He is coming to A&T from Middle Tennessee State University where he served as an associate professor and director of the master of science in accounting department. INSIDE ---- BOND SET: Accused gunman makes court appearance. 1B SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE LaToya Phifer (right), a teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School, gives instructions to Habiba Sora (from left), Rahima Gebre and Oak Hill fourth-grader Baritu Gebre, at Juanita Hills apartments Monday. Oak Hill set to start new year with a new focus OBITUARIES ----Gladys Alford, 83 BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER HIGH POINT – There’s plenty of change afoot at Oak Hill Elementary School, and the school community is ready. School starts on a different day this year at the school, but many people ‘We wanted to communicate our excitement to parents about being here and our open house.’ Patrice Faison Oak Hill Elementary principal in the neighborhood already know that thanks to Principal Patrice Faison, who led a community outreach and involvement team last week that went door-to-door to alert parents that school starts Wednesday. The visits took teachers into SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE Ashton Clemmon (second from right, back), assistant principal at Oak Hill Elementary, gives instructions to the team as they arrive at Juanita Hills apartments to talk to parents of children about the new school year at Oak Hill. some of the poorest areas of the city. “We wanted to communicate our excitement to parents about being here and our open house,” said Faison, who became principal on June 1. “We have done all we could to get the word out.” It worked. Parents and community residents packed the open house meeting room. “The visits also educated us about the community,” said Faison, a former assistant principal at Ragsdale High School. The Guilford County Board of Education extended Oak Hill’s school day by 45 minutes and academic year by 10 days to improve performance. The change is part of a three-year school reform plan financed by a $6 million federal grant. The school had started as early as July under a former year-round calendar, but attendance suffered. “We will need those 10 days for instruction,” Faison said. The district’s goal is to raise the Adequate Yearly Progress score to 50 percent by the 2012-13 school year, partly by offering a longer school day and year. “We want to make sure all students (test scores) grow at least one year,” Faison said. “We need to do more.” Overall, the grant money will provide addi- tional funds to give more support for teachers, students and parents. It will cost $325,000 a year from grant funds to pay staff for 11 months. About half of the annual $2 million grant revenue will go to staff bonuses at $424,000 and supplies and materials at $600,000. “We will do the training so that all of us will be on the same page,” Faison said. An estimated $215,000 in grant funds will go into a parent involvement program for supplies and contracted services. | 888-3626 Thomasville mulls plan for park upgrades BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER 127th year No. 222 50 Cents Daily $1.25 Sundays ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT HIGH POINT – The N.C. State Highway Patrol issued its final report Monday on a fatal accident involving a state trooper in May. Sandra Allmond’s failure to yield the right of way to Trooper J.D. Goodnight’s oncoming Dodge Charger on Business Interstate 85 was the “causative factor” in the crash that killed Allmond and 11-year-old Taylor Strange on May 23, the report stated. Goodnight was pursuing a suspected speeder on the highway just east of High Point with his blue emergency lights on when Allmond attempted to turn left onto River Road into the path of the trooper, whose car slammed into Allmond’s Honda at an estimated 95 mph. “No physical evidence or witness testimony has been obtained that serves to explain why Mrs. Allmond did not yield at the green light governing I-85 Business to the oncoming patrol vehicle displaying flashing blue lights,” the report stated. Goodnight had clocked a blue vehicle traveling 80 mph and accelerated to pursue it, the report stated. One witness has disputed this account, but the report includes statements from another witness who reported seeing a small blue vehicle that fit the description of the one Goodnight was pursuing. The vehicle apparently was never apprehended. The traffic signal lights were green as the trooper approached the intersection. Goodnight saw a maroon-colored vehicle in the northbound left turn lane and thought the car was yielding to the right of way of his vehicle, the report stated. The vehicles collided in the intersection, leaving Allmond, 55, of Thomasville, and Strange, of Jamestown, dead. Goodnight, who sustained minor injuries in the accident, has since returned to duty. The speed at which Goodnight was traveling also contributed to the severity of the crash, the report stated. August 10, 2010 High Point, N.C. EXTREME MAKEOVER: Reconstruction of NASCAR schedule starts. 1D Final report released in deadly accident TUESDAY has requested that the governing body endorse the Partners for Playgrounds project. The parks and recreation committee is requesting that the City Council support the partnership to pursue the goal of $350,000, with the city’s portion of $50,000 toward the project. “This project, with the help of several of our community-minded partners, can not only solve a need in our parks, but do so in a most timely fashion,” the committee said in a statement. “In short, the project would seek financial partners to install new and updated playground equipment in seven of our parks. Council support and approval of the project would include a city match of $50,000 along with the approval of possible naming rights to certain designated play areas within the park.” Craver said some of the play- YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR NEWSPAPER. grounds in Thomasville are “extremely antiquated” and “woefully” in need of replacement. The committee said Doak Park, Carver Park, the Central Recreation Center, Myers Park/Kings Row Park, Memorial Park and Turner Street Park all have needs. “We have in this community a lot of older playground equipment,” said Councilman Scott PARK, 2A Jeffrey Beck, 43 Shorty Beck, 89 Mary Bell, 85 Bonnie Bodenhamer, 95 Billy Cox, 53 Mary Craven, 83 Beatrice Dorsey, 79 Terry Dula, 74 Margaret Harris, 95 Frances Kearns, 81 Catherine Leonard, 92 Gilmer Newsom, 57 Mary Rhodes, 87 Bob Stephens Rebecca Sutphin, 62 Obituaries, 3A, 2-3B WEATHER ---- Sunny, hot High 97, Low 75 6D INDEX ABBY 3B BUSINESS 5-6D CLASSIFIED 3-6C COMICS 5B CROSSWORD 2C DONOHUE 5B FUN & GAMES 2C LIFE&STYLE 1C LOCAL 2-3A, 1B LOTTERY 2A MOVIES 6B NEIGHBORS 4B NATION 6A, 6B NOTABLES 6B OBITUARIES 3A, 2-3B OPINION 4A SPORTS 1-4D STATE 2-3A STOCKS 5D TV 6B WEATHER 6D WORLD 5A INFO Circulation Classified Newsroom Newsroom fax 888-3511 888-3555 888-3527 888-3644


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