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Granville Today

2011


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Variety is the key to the progressive approach Dr. Tim Farley, Granville County’s superintendent of schools, takes to help young people learn.

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Residents and visitors alike appreciate the many festivals and celebrations that enhance the quality of life in Granville County.

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19 Keeping fit in Granville Greenways, ball parks, horses and lacrosse are the many recreational offerings of a county concerned about the health of its citizens.

On the cover This 2011 edition of Granville Today highlights the diversity of living in the vibrant County of Granville.

Chamber membership directory The center section has a handy guide with the complete listing of the membership of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.


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Vance-Granville Community College Culinary Technology students, in the photograph above, prepare garlic shrimp and soba noodle salads in the kitchen at the Masonic Home in Oxford. At right, VGCC Reba Bullock, college liaison shown on the far right side of the photo, talks with Granville Early College High School students on the grounds at the college’s South Campus between Butner and Creedmoor during a student orientation session.

Positioning students for success

In recent years, Vance-Granville Community College has reflected on its proud past as it celebrated a 40th anniversary and faced the challenges of the present as enrollment hit new record highs in a time of economic uncertainty. At the same time, the college has been looking to the future. A recent planning process, which included gathering input from concerned citizens and business leaders, resulted in a new VGCC Strategic Plan. Granville County leaders played a key role in that process by participating in a forum at the college’s South Campus, located between Creedmoor and Butner. The participants discussed issues such as preparing students to compete in a global marketplace and what the college should do to support workforce and economic development for the area. “The goal of the planning process is to identify local economic, social, cultural and educational needs, and then to

College’s campuses play pivotal roles

school systems, GECHS gives students a chance to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree (or up to two years of college-transferable credit) over five years, tuition-free. That is just one of the many opportunities develop educational solutions to meet those available to Granville County. South Campus needs,” said VGCC President Randy Parker. is the home of VGCC’s Radiography and “Through this process, we have formulated Human Services Technology programs, and new vision and mission statements and six the campus offers a variety of courses from new goals that will help lead the college in its Cosmetology to College Transfer (in which programming.” students earn the first two years of a fourAmong the needs of all the communities year degree). Either at South Campus, at othin VGCC’s four-county service area, the er locations such as Main Campus (between process of making sure that young people Henderson and Oxford) or online, Granville are ready, willing and able to go to college County residents can access VGCC’s numercertainly ranks high. One way to address that ous curriculum programs, in which students need is Granville Early College High School, work toward certificates, diplomas and a partnership between Granville County degrees. They can also take advantage of a Schools and VGCC. One of four such high Continued on page 14 schools operated by the college and local


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‘One size doesn’t fit all’ in Granville schools Variety of programs critical to learning

Dr. Tim Farley, Superintendent of Granville County Schools, has a teenage son to whom he refers often when discussing schools and education with his School Board or with the public. Whether the son likes being held up as an example or not, the fact that Dr. Farley has a child in the school system he runs has a bearing on his approach to the job. “I don’t want my own son to fail,” he says. “So why would I want yours to?” Perhaps this approach, and the fact that he himself likes to play video games, has prompted Dr. Farley to suggest to the school board that “classroom learning should be like a video game.” He continues by describing some of the game attributes he would desire, such as well organized material, immediate feedback, full engagement and a chance to try again. To those ends, Dr. Farley and his administrative team, with the backing of the Board of Education, have concentrated on providing a variety of programs. He frequently uses the motto, “One size doesn’t fill all.” Before Dr. Farley arrived on the scene about four years ago, Granville County Schools had already earned a reputation of being progressive, willing to try new ideas, leading the way in attempting to improve education opportunities in the county. For example, the county had been a recipient of grants that let it develop the “small schools” concept. The result is that today, there are two schools on each of the J.F. Webb and South Continued on page 22

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C •E •L •E •B •R •A •T •E G •R •A •N •V •I •L •L •E Granville County’s 58,000 residents are linked by a network of communities that spread across this 531-square mile region from tiny unincorporated Grassy Creek in the north to bustling Butner and Creedmoor in the south. The county boasts five incorporated communities where residents enjoy the quiet of Granville’s rolling countryside on the cusp of the state’s most vibrant technological, medical and industrial center — the Triangle region of North Carolina. Granville County, scarcely a half-hour away from the urban areas of Durham and Raleigh, has its own forward-looking industries, of course — from the state’s innovative Biofuels Center of North Carolina to the Revlon plant, but its small communities and rolling farmland give the county its distinctive flavor. Economic advances in Granville have only enhanced the small-town atmosphere enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. And nowhere is that more evident than in the many festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the county. Here’s a snapshot of some of Granville’s popular festivals: • Butner Chicken Pickin’, held on the first Saturday in June on Central Avenue at Gazebo Park, features a Chicken Pickin’ cooking contest, a street dance, and an antique car show that attracts as many as 200 antique and vintage automobiles. Scores of vendors line the street for the event. • Butner also joins the city of Creedmoor in sponsoring the Butner-Creedmoor Fireworks Display held on the July 4 weekend each year at Lake Holt on Old Highway 75. • The Creedmoor Music Festival is held on the third Saturday in September on Main Street. The event features vendors that offer a variety of arts, crafts and foods in a carnival-like atmosphere. Door prizes are given away from the main stage about every two hours. • The Grassy Creek Christmas Parade has mushroomed into a huge regional event in its 27 year history, says co-founder Pratt Winston. The parade takes place in the tiny Grassy Creek community on the second Saturday in December and stretches for more than a mile, with participants and floats from numerous nearby and distant communities, including some in Virginia, Winston said. The parade can take

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CELEBRATE, from page nine from one to four hours to make its way past spectators along Grassy Creek Road north of Stovall. • In Oxford, the North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest has caught fire. Held on the second Saturday in September, visitors sample hot sauces, beer and wine and music at the festival. And, yes, there’s a pepper-eating contest, presumably with local volunteer fire departments on standby. Visitors can watch North Carolina artist Dan Nelson as he creates a Festival on Canvas. The Granville County Museum is open with its “September Sensations Bazaar” as the Harris Exhibit Hall for the contest. The gardeners sale is a popular draw, and the festival offers scores of activities for children. • Stem, which is celebrating its centennial in 2011, is staging an event that features local roots music, food vendors, games and a variety of activities and events for people of all ages, according to Mayor Nancy Alford. • Stovall, in the northern reaches of Granville County, celebrates each year with a Stovall Day festival held in May. Mayor Janet Parrott said Stovall Day captures the essence of small-town America with a pieeating contest, music, food and displays of arts and crafts. • The Granville County Chamber of Commerce adds to the entertainment across the county with three Alive After Five concerts each year. Two are staged in Oxford and a third in either Creedmoor or Butner. The events, which run from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., feature beach music by bands such as the Embers, Chairmen of the Board, the Legends of Beach and the Castaways.


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‘New’ agribusiness cropping up

With some help from a grant, Doreathy Booth went into the seedless grape business in Granville County, harvesting as many as 2, 100 pounds in one summer.

From tobacco to tomatillos, Granville is growing goodness Agriculture is still very much a part of the landscape of Granville County, as local farmers continue to grow traditional crops like tobacco, soybeans, corn and wheat. But local farmers are also embracing a diverse variety of new crops and marketing strategies as well. Tobacco is still the largest agricultural cash crop in the county, said Paul Westfall, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Granville County Center. Between 3,300 to 3,500 acres of tobacco were grown in the county in 2009, even though the way in which tobacco is marketed has changed dramatically, he said. “Farmers now contract directly with the buyer, but it’s become harder and harder for farmers to get those contracts to grow tobacco,” he said. In addition to tobacco, Granville County farmers also produced approximately 3,400 acres of corn in 2009, along with

Bailey Farms specializes in fresh chile peppers. 3,600 acres of soybeans and 4,500 acres of wheat. Hay was produced on 12,000 acres in the county. Livestock operations are also still a part of the agricultural profile for the county. Five dairies operate in the county, Westfall said, in addition to farms raising 4,500 head of cattle for beef production. Bailey Newton of Triple B Farms and Doan and Bette Laursen from Goose River Farm are

two local producers of pasture-raised meats who are selling directly to consumers as well, Westfall said. The Granville County Cattleman’s Association promotes its role in the county’s agricultural community each year with its annual beef roast, held annually at the Granville County Livestock Arena on Cannady’s Mill Road. Held the third Friday of June each year, the association’s members roast 2,000 pounds of round roasts in an earthen pit at the arena, and serve it up with a baked potato and salad to more then 2,000 participants. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships that the association has endowed at Vance-Granville Community College and N.C. State University to assist students from Vance and Granville counties who want to pursue a degree related to agriculture.

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While many farmers continue to pursue traditional agricultural paths, other Granville County growers are striking out in new directions. With the rise in demand for locally and organically grown produce and meats, some farms are pursuing new products and marketing them directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets and other outlets, Westfall said. Farmer Doreathy Booth contacted Granville County horticulture agent Carl Cantaluppi in 2005 looking for a new crop that she could grow for her farmer’s market stand. Cantaluppi suggested seedless table grapes and went to work helping Booth find funding and assistance to get her new venture off the ground. Cantaluppi applied for and received a $15,000 grant from N.C. A&T State University to help Booth pay for start-up expenses. He suggested 14 varieties of grapes for her to try. Her first harvest in 2007 yielded 900 pounds of grapes which she sold for $3.50 a pound at the Durham Farmer’s Market, Canteluppi said. A hailstorm damaged the crop severely in 2008, but in 2009, she harvested 2,100 pounds of fruit. The new offering was a hit. “These are thin-skinned, seedless grapes that you can pop in your mouth like candy,” said Canteluppi. Canteluppi is also conducting similar trials with asparagus in hopes of attracting farmers to that high-value crop. The extension service’s 4-H program, which traditionally focused on agriculturerelated activities, is also changing with the times and branching out to embrace new areas of interest. Granville County 4-H conducts both summer programs and year-round programs, including four afterschool programs in Granville County that focus on agriculture, science and nature,w said Jamie Haddix, 4-H youth development extension agent. Keeping agriculture alive in the county will be dependent on attracting a new generation interested in returning to the farm, said Westfall. “There are very few young farmers coming into the county,” he said, “and a lot of our current farmers are aging out.” Many farming endeavors are expensive to finance up front, he added, which creates an additional hurdle for young farmers. “We need to find a way to get the next generation to come back to the farm.”


Why join the chamber?

Why should your business join the Granville County Chamber of Commerce? Your Chamber offers a number of valuable “members onlyâ€? benefits and services: • Free listing in Membership Directory • Free listing on the Chamber’s web page, free link to your website plus have the opportunity to advertise using banner ads, business card ads, web page sponsor • Free display of business materials • Annual Business Expo (partnered with other area Chambers) • Monthly Chamber newsletter ads inserts (first-come first serve) • Sponsor Business Before or After Hours and Alive after Five concert series • Business Referrals • Newcomer/Visitor Information: The Chamber promotes its members to residents, tourists, and newcomers who visit or call our office each day • Membership Recognition • Newsletter articles • Annual Membership Banquet with Business Awards • Membership plaque • Ribbon Cutting ceremonies for new, relocated, or renovated businesses • Women in Business and the new Men in Business programs for growth and networking opportunities. • Business Before or After Hours make contacts and seek prospects • Opportunities created by serving on Chamber committees • Attending Chamber events • Government Affairs Forum guest speakers on current issues • South Council “lunch and learnâ€? • Community Involvement: Leadership Granville, New Teacher Breakfast • Collective representation of business interests in public matters at all levels of government. What individual businesses cannot do alone, they accomplish by working together through their local Chamber of Commerce. That is why we need YOU as much as you need the Chamber! • And a number of other great benefits! Contact us today at the Granville County Chamber of Commerce and let us help you grow your business! Get more details at www.granville-chamber.org.

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Granville is home to the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, above, developing biofuels to reduce the state’s dependence on imported liquid fuels. At right, Granville announces Triangle North, a complex of four industrial parks.

Granville County always on ready for economic development

Accessibility, affordability and availability are major factors businesses consider when deciding where to locate, according to Jay Tilley, economic development director for Granville County. And those three factors are what Granville offers. The county’s location astride Interstate 85 makes many of the area’s potential industrial/business sites extremely accessible. With U.S. I intersecting with I-85 in neighboring Vance County to the north and U.S. Highway 70 doing the same in Durham County to the south, truckers can easily reach almost any part of Granville County. “I-85 puts us in the game more than

any single factor,” Tilley says. Air travel and shipping are available at the recently expanded Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while the OxfordHenderson Airport can accommodate corporate aircraft. Affordability starts with land prices, which Tilley estimates to be less than half those in the Research Triangle area. And space, which is becoming more and more limited in the state’s metropolitan areas, is available in Granville County. To capitalize on these and other assets, Granville County formed a partnership with three other counties to form Continued on page 16


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DEVELOPMENT, from page fifteen Triangle North, a complex of four industrial parks, each with its own attributes to attract companies looking for new locations. The four counties are working closely with the Research Triangle Regional Partnership to market Triangle North. Tilley points to Dill Air Controls Products as one of the recent Granville County success stories. The company purchased the former Lenox plant, which it had been leasing. As a result, the company’s 84 jobs will remain in Granville County. Dill serves many markets, including aircraft, trucks, passenger cars, bicycles, air conditioning, industrial fuel and construction equipment. Tilley reports that Granville County is home to another cutting-edge industry, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, which he describes ironically as “a well-kept secret.” Located at 901 Hillsboro Street in Oxford, the Biofuels Center is developing biofuels to reduce the North Carolina’s dependence on imported liquid fuels, which contribute nothing to the state’s agriculture, forestry or manufacturing economy. The southern end of Granville County offers its own advantages. Scottie Wilkins, who manages business development and transportation projects for Creedmoor, says the town is balancing the competing demands of infrastructure, transportation, preservation and quality of life as it pursues economic development. “We are developing as smart as we can, not just as much as we can,” she says. Adjacent to the city, the Creedmoor Business Park contains 76+ acres with easy access to Interstate 85 via Highway 56, which runs alongside the park. The site, owned by The Rogers Group, has a 156,000-square-foot building available, with the potential of fitting several different combinations of manufacturing, shipping and office space. The addition of 300+ acres of shovelready land and a pre-built 150,800-squarefoot building makes Butner ready for business as Falls Lake Commerce Center is conveniently located just off Exit 189 of Interstate 85. This and many of the excellent sites and buildings are available, and the people of Granville County and surrounding areas are anxious to go to work.


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A rich history

Museums capture Granville’s impact

Persaline Satterwhite of the Granville County Museum, in photo at top, explains how education has evolved from one-room schoolhouses in Granville to today’s modern facilities. Above, Pam Thornton of the museum reads from the kiosks about the county’s heroes.

Boasting over 250 years of history, Granville County’s impact on culture, education and farming has been farreaching. Fortunately for its current citizens, that history is being preserved through establishments like the Granville County Historical Society Museums, Oak Ridge Heritage House and George Shaw Museum. The historical society museums, open Wednesday through Saturday, experienced substantial growth in the previous decade and director Pam Thornton is hoping for further advancement in the near future. Thornton hopes fundraising for expansion of the Harris Exhibit Hall property on Museum Lane, located in downtown Oxford, will begin by early 2011. Thornton, director since 1997, esti-

mates the cost of the potential project to be around $250,000 to $285,000. Expansion to the 64-year-old building would increase storage, workshop and exhibit space. The building opened in 2000 and houses exhibits in art, science, history, and music that change every three months. Thornton says the society’s exhibits are geared toward both kids and adults. John Penn, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Granville County. “It’s a big draw, just the fact that we have so much history here,” said Thornton. The historical society and museum buildings are steeped in county lore themselves. Harris Hall was constructed in 1946, Continued on page 18


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functioning as a freezer locker for storing the town’s perishable items. The museum building next door housed prisoners of Granville County for over 100 years. Now, it contains two stories of county education, military and farming history. “We needed to have something on Granville County that people coming through wanting to know something about the county can always see,” Thornton said. Just around the corner from these museums lies a shrine to another influential local. The George C. Shaw Museum, on East McClanahan Street, was originally the home of its namesake, one of Granville County’s leading educators. Dr. Shaw, the son of two slaves, founded Mary Potter Academy and Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church in the late 19th century. The Shaw house was built in 1921 by shop students at Mary Potter and opened as a museum in 2000 after school alumni restored the dwelling. Museum Executive Director Alva Pettway and Assistant Director Rita Tyler both began working for the museum two years ago. “If you can imagine, take yourself back to the era that he fought all the obstacles he had to in order to establish the school,” said Pettway. “Look how hard it would be today in the era we’re in to start a school. And that’s without the added burden of discrimination in the South. And yet he did that, and was able to establish this school that had a great reputation.” Visitors can access the Shaw home Wednesday through Saturday. About 12 miles north of Oxford in the small community of Oak Hill, Alma PeaceBullock and her husband, Mack, are doing their part to preserve African-American history. The Bullocks founded the Oak Hill Heritage House Museum and Research Library in 2006. While the museum emphasizes AfricanAmerican culture, Alma says there’s a little something for everyone in Oak Hill. History buffs can schedule an appointment to tour the museum or visit open house every fifth Sunday. For more information on these Granville County monuments, visit granvillemuseum. nc.org, shawmuseum.com and wiica.org.


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Ballfields, greenways and lots of fun await Granville County residents and visitors.

Keeping fit in Granville

From baseball to lake-side activities, recreation is one of Granville County’s largest attractions. Looking for a splash pool for the kids to cool off in the summertime? Granville’s huge athletic park has one. Searching for an interesting trail to walk for exercise? Granville has greenways. Horses your thing? Granville County has horses. And there’s something new on the high school athletic scene — a lacrosse team. One of the best known facilities in the area is the Granville Athletic Park (GAP). Located at the Jonesland Environmental Preserve, the 70-acre athletic park hosts many local sporting events and tourna-

ments. Upgraded at the end of 2008, several facilities were added to park, nearly doubling its original size. The athletic park currently has two baseball fields, five multipurpose fields, a practice field, asphalt walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater with a covered stage, a playground, concession stand, a sports pavilion with a basketball court and a conference room. All facilities are rented out, with the exception of the walking trails, which are free to the public. The park also added a splash pool/spray park for young children during the upgrade. Larry Salisbury, GAP park superintendent, said the splash pool is one of park’s most popular facilities. The walking trails at the athletic park

are a part of the greenways in Granville County. This, along with the ButnerStem School Trail, which is one-third of a mile, make up the formal greenways in the county. There are several upcoming greenway projects in Oxford, Butner and Creedmoor. Oxford Parks and Recreation has several recreational areas, including Lake Devin Park. Open from March 1 to Dec. 31, Lake Devin has several fishing piers and a boat ramp for non-gas motorized boats. The park also has 2.5 miles of nature trails and picnic areas. A shelter and an outdoor volleyball facility are available. The Red Barn, Continued on page 20


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FITNESS, from page nineteen an actual barn overlooking the Devin Lake, brings in many visitors to the park, according to Mary Caudle, director for Oxford Parks and Recreation. The Oxford Recreation Center, known as Hix, is another popular facility operated by the Oxford recreational department. Located on Spring Street in Oxford, the center has a gym with one basketball/volleyball court along with a fitness room, a dance/aerobics room and locker rooms. Seating 300 people, the gym is reserved for recreation department programs and events. Hix also has several multi-use fields and tennis courts. For those interested in horses, Bayfield Farms provides several horse-related activities. Bayfield offers beginning to advanced riding lessons held on a weekly basis with private lessons offered on Saturdays. These lessons are taught by co-founder Kevin Gilliam. Children beginners, who must be at least 6 years old, start with private lessons and then join a group lesson that is held on Fridays. Intermediate and advanced lessons are offered for all ages. An adult lesson, that includes beginner to advance riders, is held on Wednesdays. Lessons can be taken on a provided horse or an individual’s horse. Bayfield also has training and boarding for all breeds of horses. Gilliam also offers a summer camp that lasts for about one week. Bayfield also hosts the Granville County 4-H Horseflies, which is a horse club lead by Gilliam. The club focuses on horse education where members, ages 7 to 18, participate in community service projects, take photographs, make crafts related to horses, and assist with a horse show. In addition to area recreation, one local high school recently expanded its athletic department. J.F. Webb High’s School of Health and Life Sciences introduced a lacrosse team for the spring 2010 sports season. The varsity team’s first season had 27 players. “We played against tough and experienced teams,” coach David Farabee said. Farabee, also a science teacher at the school, described the season as “very exciting.” Farabee set up a summer lacrosse team, Oxford Crossfire, that competed in three tournaments throughout the summer, and eventually he hopes to help start a youth lacrosse league. “This is an exciting time for lacrosse,” Farabee noted.


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This artist rendering illustrates a 32,000-square-foot construction project that will be the largest in Granville Health System’s history.

Granville Health System Dedicated to Quality For more than 90 years, Granville Health System (GHS) has been delivering quality health care, close to home. To meet the community’s growing needs, GHS has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. Granville Health System has recently received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which names GHS as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. In 2010, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina designated the health system’s Granville Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. This recognition sets Granville Health System as a top provider for these orthopaedic services in the Triangle area, including Oxford, Henderson, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and the surrounding areas. GHS was given this designation because it has demonstrated a commitment to quality care, resulting in excellent overall outcomes for patients who undergo knee and hip replacement procedures at Granville Medical Center.  Granville Health System also received the Community Value Index five-star hospital award,

placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities they serve, while reinvesting back into their facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. In January 2011, GHS will continue to position itself to accommodate the future medical needs of the community through the GHS Expansion Plan. This ambitious 32,000 -square-foot construction project is the largest in the organization’s history. It includes a new Emergency Department that will grow from 3,135- to 18,000-square feet; expanded Surgical Services; a larger Laboratory Department; a new, larger lobby and admissions area; and additional patient and visitor parking. As Granville Health System moves forward, implementing a long-term approach of strategic growth, the GHS Expansion Plan ensures the hospital will continue to deliver new health care technology and expand services throughout the area. Granville Health System is dedicated to quality…quality physicians and staff, providing the personal attention you and your family deserve. Visit them online at www.granvillemedical.com.


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New program with Boys & Girls Clubs For many years, some in Granville County have seen a need for a youth services program such as that provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2010, some leaders saw that need and started an effort to meet it; by year’s end, they expected to have a program in place. To operate such a club, the Granville leaders turned to the North Central North Carolina Boys and Girls Clubs, which already had programs going in Vance and Franklin counties. Before the year ended, leaders had chosen a site, an old gym across the street from the historic old Mary Potter School in the heart of Oxford. Their fund-raising effort was well on its way to success, led by a steering committee headed by Xavier Wortham and Cynthia Yancey. The group headed by those two will continue as a steering committee to advise and oversee the work of the administrative organization.

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lina, allows students to go to class as if going to a corporate office. They learn the operaGranville high school campuses. tion of a business, developing In the past few years, the system has develthe leadership skills necessary oped a variety of new programs. for that world. For a part of the population, there is the These programs bear out Early College established in southern Granville the “one size does not fit all” Dr. Farley that allows students to not only earn a high approach, but there is other school diploma in five years but also earn an progress as well. Thanks to associate’s degree or two years toward college. It foundation and corporate grants, the system has started with 50 students and continues to grow. been able to provide all students and teachers at For others who want something extra, there South Granville with laptop computers, and the is the evening program or “virtual school.” Any School Board has guaranteed that this offer will course offered across the state or nation can be be extended to other high schools as well. available to Granville students online. Students There is more to this effort than the macan use the system to take a special course or chines, said Dr. Farley. Funds have been availachieve the few units they may need to catch able to train teachers in the use of computers to up. Dr. Farley’s son is an example; he has taken improve student performance. two years of Spanish and is studying German All the programs and approaches to operatonline. ing a school system require a system of goals and Then there is the Center for Innovative strategies. When he was interviewing for the Learning, using a completely updated facility in Granville job a few years ago, Dr. Farley gave Creedmoor. Its program is aimed at those who the School Board a presentation on just these have struggled with behavior problems or need matters, and in 2010 he was asked to provide an to catch up or accelerate. update. Newest on the scene is a project of Dr. As part of that effort, he listed some of the Farley’s associate, Dr. Allan Jordan. The “virtual, enterprise” program, already proven successful Continued on page 23 across the nation but the first in North Caro3 ways to feed your hunger: Original Recipe, Extra Crispy and Now Grilled Chicken Adcock REALTY Serving Oxford and Granville County Over 20 Years • Residential Homes • Historic Properties

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Granville Today 23 SCHOOLS, from previous page system’s goals, which include such tasks as narrowing the achievement gap among races, reducing the drop out rate and increasing the graduation rate, increasing SAT scores and participation, and in general improving academic progress. Performance by Granville students in such measurements as end-of-course and endof-grade testing, for both state and federal programs, have shown progress, says Stan Winborne, the director of testing. Dr. Farley’s presentation also listed some aspects of his vision. Students and teachers should want to go to school, he said, and they should expect to achieve. The schools should provide maximum engagement, make students feel valued and prepare them for the world after school. Part of the system’s strategy is to provide quality facilities, and to that end in 2010 planning was underway for a new elementary school in the southeastern part of the county, where population growth has continued. That will make nine such schools, which feed four middle schools and the five high schools on three high school campuses. As is the case in most school systems, there is a funding need, and Granville sees an urgent need to expand the newest high school, Granville Central, probably the next building project. There are more than 9,000 students in Granville County, served by more than a thousand full-time employees using a budget of more than $72 million. But while Dr. Farley and his administration see the funding problems that school systems have faced, he often stresses that money is not his main concern. Improvement in education is the main goal, he said, with solving the money problem just a means to that end. And as he told his School Board before he came to Granville, and afterward, he intends to keep the end in mind. That may be one reason his colleagues across the region named him the 2010 Regional Superintendent of the Year. It was an honor given by educators from several counties, but which had been initiated by the School Board and backed by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. Support by such leadership has helped Dr. Farley and his team in developing a school system that Granville citizens point to with pride.

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