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Back to School 2009: Kannapolis City Schools

Kannapolis City Schools also start on Aug. 25.
Here is information provided by the school system’s staff:
Administration
Superintendent: Dr. Jo Anne Byerly.
Assistant superintendent: Dr. Debra Morris
Office: 100 Denver St., Kannapolis, NC 28083
Phone: 704-938-1131.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Projected enrollment: 5,200.
School board
The school board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m.
– Chair: Danita Rickard, 704-933-4221.
– Vice chair: Millie Hall, 704-933-0334.
– Members: Todd Adams, 704-938-9879; Doris Buchanan, 704-933-8431; Charles Mitchell, 704-933-4411.
Schools
Preschool
– Head Start, preschool only, 1300 Glenn Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081; 704-932-7433; Martie Williams, director.
Open house: Students and parents will come to orientation/staggered enrollment as assigned on Sept. 1, 2 or 3.
Elementary
– Forest Park, grades K-4, 1333 Forest Park Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28083; 704-932-8121; Dr. Melia Neale, principal.
Open house: Thursday, Aug. 20, 1-3 p.m.
Uniform colors: Tops ó red, white, blue, black, and green; bottoms: black, navy blue and khaki
– Fred L. Wilson, grades pre-K-4, 1401 Pine St., Kannapolis, NC 28081; 704-932-8656; Todd Parker, principal.
Open house: Sunday, Aug. 23, 3-5 p.m.
Uniform colors: Tops ó red, white, blue, black, orange and green; bottoms ó black, navy blue and khaki.
– Jackson Park, grades K-4, 1400 Jackson St., Kannapolis, NC 28083; 704-933-2831; Walter “Lex” Graham, principal.
Open house: Monday, Aug. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. or 3:30-5 p.m.
Uniform colors: Tops ó red, white, blue, black, orange and green; bottoms ó black, navy blue and khaki.
– Shady Brook, grades K-4, 903 Rogers Lake Road, Kannapolis, NC 28081; 704-933-2434; Dr. Rachel Zaionz, principal.
Open house: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2-5 p.m.
Uniforms: Tops ó red, white, blue, black, orange and green; bottoms ó black, navy blue and khaki.
– Woodrow Wilson, grades pre-K-4, 800 N. Walnut St., Kannapolis, NC 28081; 704-933-2935; David R. Fleischmann, principal.
Open house: Sunday, Aug. 23, 1-3 p.m.
Uniform colors: Tops ó red, white, blue, black, orange and green; bottoms ó black, navy blue and khaki.
Intermediate
– Kannapolis Intermediate, grades 5-6, 525 East C St., Kannapolis, NC 28083; 704-932-4161; Rob Knuschke, principal.
Open house: Thursday, Aug. 20, 4-6 p.m.
Uniform colors: Tops for fifth grade ó navy blue and burgundy; tops for sixth grade ó light blue and hunter green; bottoms for both grades ó black, navy blue and khaki.
Middle
– Kannapolis Middle, grades 7-8, 1445 Oakwood Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081; 704-932-4102; Dr. Daron “Chip” Buckwell, principal.
Open house: Thursday, Aug. 20, 3-6 p.m.
Uniform colors: tops for seventh grade ó red and navy blue; tops for eighth grade ó light blue and forest green; bottoms for both grades ó black, navy blue and khaki.
High schools
– A.L. Brown, grades 9-12, 415 East First St., Kannapolis, NC 28083; 704-932-6125; Kevin Garay, principal.
Open house: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center.
Freshmen orientation will be Friday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Rising ninth-graders will receive their schedules and get bus information at this time. This three-hour orientation is for students only.
New students to A.L. Brown and upperclassmen may pick up schedules and bus information though today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduling errors can be addressed at this time.
Dress code: The new uniform policy at A.L. Brown requires that students wear pants, shorts and skirts made of a twill-like material (no jeans or cargo pants).Shirts/sweaters: green, white, gray or navy blue collared polo shirts, tucked in.
Bottoms: Bottom wear (pants, shorts, skorts, skirts) colors will be black, navy blue and khaki. Students are required to wear belts with any bottom wear that has belt loops.
Jackets: Jackets and coats with zippers or buttons will be permitted to be worn over the top of the short or long-sleeved polo shirt. Jackets or coats must be unzipped and unbuttoned while in the building.
Hoodies and sweatshirts: Hoodies and sweatshirts are not permitted.
School hours
Elementary: 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.
Intermediate: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Middle: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.p.
High: 8:40 a.m.-3:25 p.p.
Meal prices
Breakfast
– Elementary ó $1.10 full pay and 30 cents reduced.
Free breakfast available for kindergartners.
– Secondary ó $1.10 full pay and 30 cents reduced.
– Adult ó $1.50.
Lunch
– Elementary ó $1.90
– Intermediate ó $1.90
– Middle school ó $2.
– High school ó $2.
– Adult ó $3.
Severe weather policy
The superintendent decides when students need to be dismissed from classes because of extreme heat, snow or ice, storms, water shortages or other unusual circumstances.
When school is dismissed during the day, it will be announced on the area radio and television stations. In case of snow or other severe weather overnight, area radio and TV stations will be notified of school closings by 6:30 a.m. In cases when school is canceled or delayed, Kannapolis City Schools will send a ConnectEd message to all parents and staff.
Fees, insurance
Fees: $4 instructional fee for all students.
Various fees at A.L. Brown depending on courses.
Insurance
School time coverage: With extended dental ó $17(low); $22 (middle) and $32 (high);
Without extended Dental ó $10 (low); $15 (middle) and $25 (high).
24-hour coverage: With extended dental ó $57 (low); $82 (middle); and $157 (high);
Without extended dental ó $50 (low); $75 (middle) and $150 (high).
Varsity football: With extended dental ó $87 (low); $132 (middle); and $202 (high);
Without extended dental ó $80 (low); $125 (middle); and $195 (high).
Special education
For information about programs for exceptional children, including the academically gifted and the disabled, call Dr. Kathy Whaley at 704-938-3151.
Before/after school care
The Kannapolis branch of the Cannon Memorial YMCA provides a safe and fun before- and after-school environment. Activities include devotions, arts and crafts, songs, group games, swimming days and daily snacks. Children also receive homework assistance.
The program teaches character development with an emphasis on our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. The Kannapolis YMCA is a 4-star licensed facility and accepts subsidized childcare vouchers.
The Before-School Program opens at 6:30 a.m. The program is operated at the YMCA. Children are transported to school by YMCA mini buses and Kannapolis City School buses.
– An on-site program is available at Forest Park Elementary School.
– YMCA provides transportation to the following schools: Forest Park, Jackson Park & Shady Brook Elementary schools. The school system provides transportation to the following schools: Fred L. Wilson Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Kannapolis Intermediate and Kannapolis Middle schools.
After-School Programs operate from school dismissal until 6 p.m. at all sites.
A full day of childcare is offered on teacher workdays and certain holidays.
Costs: Monthly fees are as follows ó Member, before-school only, $100; non-member, $150.
After-school only, member, $200; non-member, $300.
Before and after school, member, $290; non-member, $425.
Registration fee ó $30.; 20 percent discount applies to second/additional child on monthly fees.
Scholarship application and Purchase of Care Vouchers are accepted.
Call 704-939-9622 for more information.
Staff changes
Dr. Melia Neale is the new principal at Forest Park Elementary School, replacing Jill Roach. She had been a research associate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Kevin Garay, a former assistant principal at A.L. Brown High School, is the new principal. He replaces former principal Dr. Debra Morris.
Morris has become assistant superintendent of the system, replacing Peggy Wagstaff.

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