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It is the mission of Scotland County Schools to develop responsible, productive citizens by providing excellent education for its children through engaging instruction. Partnering with families and the community, we will ensure every child’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs are met in a safe, nurturing environment.
 
What's Happening in Scotland County Schools
SEarCH featured on regional news program



If you tuned in to WBTW, Channel 13's 11:00 pm newscast Thursday evening, you probably recognized some familiar faces.  The local station was on the campus of SEarCH Thursday morning to film for a story highlighting the partnership between Scotland County Schools, Richmond Community College, and St. Andrews University.  The reporter had the opportunity to speak with students as well as principal Joe Critcher, Superintendent Dr. Ron Hargrave, and St. Andrews President Paul Baldasare.  All were in agreement that the opportunities the Early College High School program offers students are many, but the chance to graduate with not only a high school diploma but a two-year degree as well is at the forefront. 

If you missed the original broadcast, click here to view the video with accompanying story and learn more about this unique partnership and the ways it is helping to prepare our students for college and careers. 
 

 
Convocation 2014 --'Growing Greatness'



The auditorium at Scotland High School was full of administrators, teachers, and staff on Friday morning for Convocation and to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 school year. The program began by recognizing all of our school-level Teachers of the Year and announcing our district Teacher of the Year, Elisabeth Harrell (Sycamore Sycamore Lane Middle School), and Principal of the Year, Rick Singletary Sycamore Lane Middle School).

Superintendent, Dr. Ron Hargrave, reminded us that every day, we plant a seed in the minds and the lives of our students and to make sure that it is a seed that 'grow greatness' and success for all of our students. Kinston Griffin with Dreambuilders Communications was the keynote speaker for the event. He entertained as well as inspired the group and encouraged the staff to focus on the improvements in the students that they see every day rather than solely rely on test scores, statistics and averages.

Missed it or want to watch it again?  Click here to watch the recording.

For more pictures from the event,
click here to visit our district's Facebook page.
Dr. Valerie Williams appointed Assistant Superintendent



Dr. Valerie Williams was named the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction during the Scotland County Schools Board of Education’s called meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014.  Williams replaces Dr. Pamela Baldwin who was named Superintendent of Asheville City Schools in June. 

Dr. Williams brings sixteen years of successful administrative experience to the position with her most recent appointment as a Strategic Staffing Principal at Whitewater Middle School in the Charlotte Mecklenburg County School district.  Strategic Staffing is a title given to principals that are assigned to the lowest performing schools in order to ‘turn around’ their academic performance. 

While serving within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to work at two of the lowest performing middle schools and one high school within the district.  To date, within a two year period at each school, she was successful in increasing the test scores from low performing to high growth at one middle school and the high school and with the assistance of her administrative team, they were able to increase the graduation rate at the high school from 63% to 81.6% within two years as well. 

“I can’t wait to be a part of such a dynamic school system,” expressed Williams. “I’m excited to get to know the staff, students, and community and look forward to being a part of a team that will ensure the success of every student.”

Dr. Williams will begin her employment with Scotland County Schools on Monday, August 25.
 

 
SCS and RCC celebrate expanded partnership



As students are returning to school this fall, Richmond Community College and Scotland County Schools celebrated an expanded partnership between the two institutions that paves the way for more students to take advantage of free college classes while still in high school.

Scotland County Superintendent Dr. Ronald Hargrave and RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis ceremoniously signed a new agreement that allows RCC to offer a multitude of classes on the Scotland High campus through the Career and College Promise program. Programs offered to students, including mechanical engineering, computer information and engineering, business administration, mechatronics, electronics and industrial systems, start on Monday when high school students come back to school.

Against the backdrop of Scotland High School’s open house, which saw more than 1,200 students with their parents pick up schedules and tour the school, Principal Greg Batten, Hargrave and McInnis touted the expanded agreement as a game changer for Scotland County students gaining access to college.

Click here to read more: Richmond CC expands Scotland partnership
 
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