Dallas County High Principal visits Valley Grande City Council

Published 2:50 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dallas County High School Principal Stephanie Smith spoke at the Valley Grande City Council meeting on Monday at Valley Grande City Hall.

The first-year principal asked the council for assistance on donations worth an estimated $4,000 that would help improve the school’s facilities.

“Making a school welcoming is much more than a list of things we can do,” Smith said. “Creating a welcoming atmosphere is more an attitude than anything else. It’s an attitude that starts right at the top and the minute we walk into the building.”

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The first need Smith discussed was putting a small decorated table with two chairs and a sofa a few feet away from the entrance. Smith said it would cost an estimated $1,700. She also said newsletters and school pamphlets could be placed on the table.

The second item is creating a student ambassador program, with the purpose of helping students acclimate and serving as role models. Smith said the estimated cost, including blazers and name plates, would be $2,000.

Smith also had two sets of golf clubs for the Hornets’ high school golf team on the list. Thirteen of the 15 members have clubs. Smith said the two sets of clubs would cost an estimated $300.

Valley Grande Mayor Matt Dobbs said the council will look into Smith’s request.

A date was announced for the Girls Beauty Pageant, which will be held on Nov. 15 at Martin Middle School. A time hasn’t been set.

“We had a great response last year,” Council member Tammy Troha said.

Valley Grande’s Christmas in the Park program is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8 at Valley Grande City Park. A time hasn’t been set.