Carroll County’s School Board received a bit of its history back at the August 14 meeting, courtesy of the County Circuit Court. Clerk Gerald Goad presented the board with historic documents discovered in the Government Complex’s archives.
“As you’ve seen in local media, we’ve been working on our archives room in the basement of the Carroll County Governmental Center,” Goad said. “Throughout the re-organization of documents and everything, I actually have volunteers from the Historical Society and the Genealogy Club about every Monday volunteer their efforts. What we are trying to do is move documents out of metal pull-out drawers into metal boxes for better preservation and for better record keeping.”
He said within the bundles of material and boxes containing a variety of things, volunteers found three documents which were school records from 1855, 1856 and 1857.
“Statutorily, the Circuit Court is not required to keep school records, so I took it upon myself to have these framed and present them to the School Board. These are for you to display or whatever you see fit because they need to go where they belong and they belong to you all,” Goad said. “I want to do it because I feel it is not only as my due diligence as clerk but as a product of the Carroll County School System and what it did for me as a child. And what it will do for my child. He will be one year old next month. This is my token of appreciation to the Carroll County School Board.”
Goad said local artist Willard Gayheart did the framing of the documents. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette told the board the documents are pay ledgers. He said Carroll was broken into ten districts back then and the amount allotted to each district ranged from $55 to $221 per district.
“These are (monthly) receipts which show the cost of certain things the Board purchased at that time,” Goad said. “On behalf of the Carroll County Circuit Court, we appreciate all the things you do for the government as well as our children.”
Americorps Manager Tonyia Gibson told the board of Deenia Carico being honored as AmeriCorps’ State Member of the Year for 2018 with the Robert E. Wone Award for Exemplary Service. Following a lifetime of service in teaching, Carico joined AmeriCorps and has served four years tutoring at Oakland Elementary School.
“Deenia has a strong collaborative relationship with the teachers at her school and has successfully trained three new AmeriCorps members. She is also passionate about serving her community.” She said she participated in 43 community service projects and 15 other outside projects during her four years of service.
Burnette said the Oakland AmeriCorps team regularly collected more than 2,000 non-perishable food items for Carroll County’s Christmas food boxes. Carico is also credited with starting two new community service efforts at Galax’s soup kitchen where she conducts children’s crafts and activities following meals. She also recruited retired teachers to help with an adult literacy class as part of the kitchen’s opportunities.
“She is a wonderful lady and we’re so glad the state acknowledged her service to our community,” said Gibson. “She is our third state winner. We had Sam Crawford in 2011 and we had Teresa Thompson in 2015. We have some really good-hearted people in Carroll County that do a lot for the school as well as the community.”
Carico said this speaks well for Gibson, who hires and trains the volunteers, giving them the drive to serve. She said it was an honor to give back to a county which had been so good to her.
“It’s an honor to be able to give service back because I was honored to do something I loved for a long time,” said Carico. She said she taught kindergarten for 25 years, third grade for two years and first grade for nine years during her 40-year career.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave