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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: SEPTEMBER 23, 2002


Small and large businesses, the faith community, chambers of commerce, various other community groups and two individuals will be recognized for their involvement with public schools when the second annual Governor's Business Partnership Awards are presented on Friday, Sept. 27.

The awards presentation is a part of the Meet in the Middle Conference, designed to encourage stronger family, community and business partnerships with North Carolina's schools. The conference is sponsored by the Public School Forum/NC Partners, the Public Schools of North Carolina, NC Citizens for Business and Industry, the NC Business Committee for Education and the NC School Boards Association.

The Governor's Business Partnership Awards were created to recognize outstanding sustained business and alliance partnerships that have significantly improved student performance. In addition, two individuals will be recognized as outstanding local officials for their significant community impact through collaborative efforts. Joe Brown of Joe Brown Pontiac, Rockingham, and Krista Tillman, BellSouth, Charlotte, are the two individuals singled out for honors.

Other winners are:

  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte
  • Denton Area Chamber of Commerce; Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce, Northern Davidson Chamber of Commerce, and Thomasville Chamber of Commerce
  • The Ministers' Council for Education in Perquimans County
  • Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Pilot View Resource Conservation and Development Inc.
  • Newton-Conover Education Foundation, Inc.
  • North Carolina Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom
  • IBM
  • Henderson County Education Foundation
  • Guilford County College Tech Prep Program
  • Gold Kist, Inc.
  • General Electric
  • City of Goldsboro
  • Pinehurst, Inc.
  • Camden Education Foundation
  • Caldwell Career Ready Partnership
  • Wake County Business Education Leadership Council
  • Building Hope Community Life Center
  • BellSouth
  • Asheville High Business Alliance
  • Allen Tate Realtors of Monroe

State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk said, the awards program and Meet in the Middle Conference are closely connected with the State Board's priority of Strong Family, Community and Business Support of public schools. "We need everyone involved in supporting our schools, when they are at work or at home, or through their community efforts. Our goal of being First in America in education must be a shared vision with the entire community. These awards will inspire others to be more active."

For more information on the awards program or the conference, please contact Phillip Cates, Public School Forum, at 919.781.6833, ext 117 or

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.