Polk teachers, staff nominated for NC School Hero

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, March 21, 2019

County commissioners approve resolution for its teachers and staff 


COLUMBUS—Several Polk County teachers and staff have been nominated for the North Carolina Education Lottery’s NC School Heroes program for a chance to win $10,000 and another $10,000 for their school. 

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Monday and recognized those teachers. Commissioners approved a resolution in recognition of the county’s teachers and staff. The board also showed a video clip of Bridget Franklin, who was featured recently on WLOS. Franklin is the secretary, data manager, finance and payroll clerk at Sunny View Elementary School.  

“Nothing in Polk County is more important than our students,” Polk County Commissioner Chair Tommy Melton said. “And we are number one in the state, thanks to people like Ms. Franklin.”  

Commissioner Myron Yoder said it makes him extremely proud that his five children have all attended Polk County Schools.  

“Thank you for all your service,” Yoder said. “It makes me proud to be a Polk County resident.”  

Teachers and staff who have been nominated for the NC Heroes Program include Leann Wilson with Polk Central Elementary; Karen Twitty with Polk County High School; Jane Ollis with Polk County High School; Brently Harris with Saluda Elementary School; Karen Prady with Tryon Elementary School; Sharon Harris with Polk County High School; Angie Upton with Tryon Elementary School; Chip Cash with Sunny View Elementary School and Bridget Franklin with Sunny View Elementary School.  

People can go online and vote for who they think should be the NC Hero winner at https://www.ncschoolheroes.com/contests/entries. People can vote once per day and voting will close on March 31.  



Resolution in recognition of Polk County School teachers and staff 

Editor’s Note: following is a resolution the Polk County Board of Commissioners approved Monday night in recognition of its school system’s teachers and staff. Several Polk teachers have been nominated for the North Carolina Education Lottery’s NC School Heroes Program.  

WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Commissioners recognizes the vital role school teachers and staff play in the lives of students, setting the tone for the atmosphere of the school and providing a safe, welcoming environment, where students can learn and grow; and  

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Education Lottery’s NC School Heroes program provides North Carolina residents with the opportunity to celebrate everyday people impacting the lives of students as educators, mentors and role models; and  

WHEREAS, Angie Upton, Brently Harris, Bridget Franklin, Chip Cash, Jane Ollis, Karen Prady and Shannon Harris, by showing selflessness and enthusiasm while helping students navigate life, were nominated to be considered a NC School Hero; and 

WHEREAS, these nominations are a small representation of all of the Polk County School faculty and staff that strive to exhibit the same values and commitment to excellence as the nominees, making Polk County Schools the highest performing school district in North Carolina.  

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Commissioners encourage all members of the community to join with them to personally express gratitude to the teachers and staff for their dedication working with the future citizens of Polk County.