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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: AUGUST 9, 2001


Administrators at schools that have experienced significant improvement in student achievement often give credit to the individuals who mentor or tutor their students. Now, for the first time, the efforts of 29 school-business partnerships and one individual will receive statewide recognition thanks to the Governor's Business Partnership Awards.

The Governor's Business Partnership Awards were created to recognize outstanding sustained business and alliance partnerships that have significantly improved student performance. In addition, an Outstanding Local Official Award has been created to honor an individual who makes a significant community impact through collaborative efforts. Following are this year's winners:

  • Alamance County School-to-Careers Partnership
  • Athens Drive High School Business Alliance, Wake County
  • Bandag, Inc., Granville County
  • Bayer Corporation Biological Products Business Unit Worldwide, Research Triangle Area
  • Camden County Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Charlotte Chamber, Mecklenburg County
  • Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, Shelby City
  • Communities in Schools of Brunswick County
  • Durant Road Middle School Business Alliance, Wake County
  • The East Carolina Bank, Hyde County
  • First Union Corporation, Mecklenburg County
  • General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems, Guilford County
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County
  • Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Craven County
  • IBM Corporation, Durham County
  • Jefferson Pilot Financial
  • Kobe Copper Products, Stokes County
  • Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Craven County Partners in Education
  • PSNC Energy
  • Sara Lee Hosiery, Forsyth County
  • Smith Systems, Inc., Transylvania County
  • The United Way of Greater Greensboro, Guilford County
  • Union County JobReady, Inc.
  • Watauga Education Foundation
  • Wilson Education Partnership
  • WSOC-TV Channel 9, Mecklenburg County
  • Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Patrick McCrory, Mayor of Charlotte

The Outstanding Local Official Award will be presented to Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory. He is being recognized for initiating the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance, 50 youth-serving and non-profit organizations that meet with him bi-monthly to discuss children's issues and work together to find solutions and encourage mentoring. Mayor McCrory also organized the Mayor's Corporate Council, 50 corporations that meet monthly with him to work on recruiting and engaging their employees as mentors.

State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk said, "We are asking more and more of our schools, without always providing the resources they need. That's why parents, local businesses, community groups and others are so critical. The State Board of Education is so committed to increasing local support for schools that we adopted Strong Family, Community and Business Involvement as one of our five priorities."

State Superintendent Mike Ward agreed with Kirk's comments, adding, "These awards recognize community organizations that are supporting student achievement, making schools safer, preparing students for work, and generally improving the lives of children and the work of educators. Everybody has a stake in education, and everybody needs to be involved in the lives of children. As we begin a new school year, I hope more individuals and groups will follow the lead of these honorees and get involved in their local school."

Awards were sponsored by the Public Schools of North Carolina, Public School Forum/NC Partners and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. Winners will be recognized at the "Meet in the Middle" Conference 2001, to be held Sept. 20-21 at the Sheraton Imperial, RTP.

For more information on this conference, including registration, and the awards, please go to the following DPI Web address:, or contact Susan Brown, DPI Communications, 919.807.3477.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.