*Editor's note – I've had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Scott Elliott both professionally and personally. His dedication and commitment to improving the Watauga School System has been felt from the day he was hired. From a professional standpoint he is always timely to respond to media inquires, and often during the winter provides my outlets with information starting as early as 3am. Having worked in local media for a number of years, I recall a time when getting timely information was difficult at best. I commend the Watauga County Board of Education for recognizing his leadership and value to the education to the children of our county – Kenneth Reece*
The Watauga County Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Monday night, which included recognizing the system's Child Nutrition Director, extending Dr. Elliott's contract and hiring the North Carolina Teacher Of The Year 2015-16.
Dr. Elliott praised Bolick for her work, noting that her job demands high level skills in planning, budgeting, and management. “Her job is a lot like running a small chain of restaurants but with more regulations and a smaller budget than she would have in other settings. And when personnel turnover left her short staffed this year, she has consistently stepped right in and worked to prepare or serve food for students. She doesn't ask her personnel to do anything she's not willing to do herself.”