Monday, June 23, 2008

Our New School Cheerleader Retires

Dr. Bobbie Short, our chief cheerleader and co-worker for the new WHS is retiring at the end of this week. Bobbie has supported, co-ordinated, and inspired us in our new school efforts from the start.

Dr. Short joined us on the long bus ride to our new school future. She had us put on our "thinking caps" and hard hats and travel to visit other schools being built across the state to study features and desirable designs for our school.

Bobbie once commented that the "Ground Breaking ceremony (shown above on September 19, 2007) was one of the most perfect moments in my career, the sky was Watauga Blue, the energy was exciting, and I knew the dream was becoming reality from that point forward".

Dr. Short convened and utilized many methods to include as many people as possible in her efforts. She developed a number of committees: the feasibility study committee, the new school planning committee, the education sub-committee, and the core team. Through the involvement of many owners, she garnered support and moved the project forward.
Link to Watauga Democrat article:

"Board member Deborah Miller commended Short for being forward thinking and for encouraging community involvement."

The Core team (photo above) of teachers, parents, administrators, and board members served under her direction to accomplish the work of the new school support and design. Many hours with this team were spent with sleeves rolled up and work on the table to move the project forward.

link to High Country Press article:

"Of course one of the things we’ve spent much time and energy on is the new Watauga High School,” she said. “As I first came into this district, I did a survey including teachers, administrators, parents, board members and community leaders. Overwhelmingly, the response was, ‘What are we going to do about Watauga High School?’

"I recall calling the State Department of Public Construction to speak with someone in building facilities and when I mentioned Watauga High School, the guy said, ‘Lady, they’ve been talking about a new high school there for 20 years.’

“I think the timing was perfect, in terms of moving ahead with a new high school,” Short continued. “Although we’ve been in this process for five years and will be for two more, it’s going to be a facility that we will be so proud of for the next 40 years. This high school is a reality because of the support the community gives education.”

“I have been amazed at the generosity and the support of this community toward education,” she said. “That includes parents, community leaders, school personnel, school board and the county commissioners.”

Where we are today, June 23, 2008
We thank you for your dedication and focus on this project. The countless hours in meetings, presentations to civic and community clubs, visits to schools, sessions with architects and leaders. You have gotten us where we are today. The students, the community, the future of education in Watauga County has been greatly moved forward by your model of support and service.
We will miss you.

But we look forward to seeing you at our

Grand Opening in 2010!

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