• The North Carolina State Board of Education requires each public school to create and implement a “School Improvement Plan” as part of a state-wide accountability model. This plan holds schools accountable for the educational growth of students and focuses on improving student performance in the areas of reading, math, and communication skills. Specifically, it outlines our priority goals along with supporting strategies and action steps to achieve these goals. The School Improvement Plan is annually updated and submitted for approval by the Union County Board of Education.

    The School Improvement Team at Sandy Ridge Elementary is responsible for the development of the School Improvement Plan. This team is comprised of staff representatives from each grade level and department, parent representatives elected by parents through the PTA, and administration. The members of the School Improvement Team meet monthly to discuss and implement plans and processes that align with the goals outlined in the School Improvement Plan.

    School Improvement Team meeting minutes are posted to the Sandy Ridge website on the days following the meeting. All stakeholders have access to this information and are able to share feedback with School Improvement Team representatives or administration anytime via links on the Sandy Ridge website. Topics are added to the agenda if they relate to the goals outlined in the School Improvement Plan.

    The Sandy Ridge School Improvement Team strives to make decisions that foster a culture of diversity and inclusion and that align with our Leader in Me school-wide transformation model as well as our Sandy Ridge vision and mission.

    SRES Vision and Mission

    • Leading our community
    • Encouraging our partnerships
    • Achieving our goals
    • Discovering our voice

    School Improvement Team Members (2023-24)  


    Tracey Kerstetter 

    Assistant Principal

    Tricia Yetter 

    Track Team

    Chrissy Worrall 

    Staff Culture

    Susan Blomberg 

    Students First

    Kelly Karalunas 

    Habits at Home

    Kim Pollock 

    Environmental Team

    Michelle Plaien 


    Teresa Antol 

    Parent 3-5

    Rachel ready,

    Parent 3-5

    Kaye Cole

    Parent 3-5

    Chudney Drew 

    Parent K-2

    Ashley Oetken

    Parent K-2

    Andrew VanAlstyne


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