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What's Happening in Scotland County Schools
Satterfield named interim high school principal for 16-17 school year

Scotland County Schools superintendent, Dr. Ron Hargrave,  announced Wednesday that Mr. Cory Satterfield, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, would be serving as interim principal at Scotland High School for the 2016-17 school year. 

‘We interviewed nine candidates in total, narrowed the pool down to three, but made the decision not to offer the job to any of the applicants,’ explained Hargrave.  ‘When I met with the staff and students at the beginning of this process, I ensured them that we were committed to find the very best person for the job and that we would not place a person in that position just for the sake of hiring a permanent principal.  We are still committed to that goal and will continue to search for the ideal candidate.’

Earlier this year, former Scotland High principal, Greg Batten, announced his impending retirement and move to serve as principal at Shaw Academy.   Dr. Jonathan McRae, district Director of Testing and Accountability, has been serving as interim principal at the high school. 

‘When, after much deliberation, we decided that none of the applicants were the right fit at this time for the job, Mr. Satterfield actually volunteered to serve as interim,’ Hargrave further explains.  ‘He has an impressive background, not only as an administrator, but as a high school principal as well.  He is fully committed to the success of the high school and our district and we commend him for his willingness to serve in this important role.’

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Child Nutrition Department seeking bids

Scotland County Schools Child Nutrition Department is requesting 2016-2017 school year bids for the following lots:
Chemicals – ware washing, sanitation, etc.
Ice Cream

An IFB can be requested by contacting:
Richard Jacobs, C.N.D.
322 South Main Street, Laurinburg, N.C. 28352
Bids are due back by 9:30 am Friday May 5th 2016.

April Board meeting recognitions

Teacher Feature - Barbara Simpson                Teacher Feature - Katie Wright
Scotland County Schools has a lot to celebrate! During its regular April meeting, the Board of Education recognized the following staff and students for their contributions and achievements:
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Carver Middle School's Kendrell Sellers and the colors were presented by the Scotland High School Color Guard. 
Sycamore Lane's Katie Wright and Shaw Academy's Barbara Simpson were this month's 'Teacher Feature' which highlights our Teachers of the Year. 
Our middle school All-District Band members were recognized - Gracie Buffaloe (Spring Hill), Gracie Williams (Spring Hill), and Ethan Adams (Carver).
Several middle school students were also selected to participate in the UNC-P Honors Band - From Spring Hill: Aiden Lopez, Kaleb Clay, and Ethan Best. From Carver: Samantha Hendrix, Emily Hendrix, and Ethan Adams.
We have three students that were selected to attend Governor's School this summer: SHS juniors, Camryn Ellis and Anna Griswold and SEarCH junior, Yampiere Lugo-Acosta. 
Three students from Scotland High School were selected to show their artwork at the 35th Annual High School Art Exhibition at UNC-P: John Caudill, Isabella Whitehead, and Christian Catoran-Hernandez. SHS art teacher, Mrs. Reneba Johnson, was also recognized for her award winning piece that was entered into the New Impressions Printmaking Competition. 
We also recognized three of our schools and teachers that received the coveted ECERS 5-star rating for their Pre-K classrooms: Kesha Campbell (IEJ), LaQuasia Cousar (North Laurinburg), and Annie McCall (Stateline Children's Center). 
Congratulations to all!
Special athletes celebrated

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
The Special Olympics Oath sets the tone for the county’s annual games held Tuesday at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium.

“You will watch some of the best kids you’ve ever seen…,” said Exceptional Children’s Program Director Fannie Mason. “I guarantee these kids will lift your spirits." And no doubt, they did!

We can’t wait to meet the graduating Class of 2029!

If your family has a child that will be attending kindergarten next year, you’ll want to make sure that you attend Kindergarten Orientation to find out about all of the fun and exciting year that’s awaiting your student next school year!

It’s helpful to register before the orientation date. All you have to do is take your student’s birth certificate, immunization record, and a proof of residency (power bill or tax document) by the elementary school in your district to register.

We look forward to meeting our new students and their families in the coming weeks!

South Scotland - April 26, 8:30 am
North Laurinburg - May 3, 9:00 am
Laurel Hill - May 4, 11:45 am
Covington Street - May 6, 9:00 am
Sycamore Lane - May 6, 9:00 am
Wagram - May 6, 9:00 am
I. Ellis Johnson - May 10, 10:00 am

Sycamore Lane and Wagram host science nights

Sycamore Lane and Wagram Elementary took hands-on learning to a whole other level during their recent Duke Energy Science Nights. These schools were two of only 150 schools throughout the state that were awarded these science night grants through Duke Energy. Students and their families had a great time exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts by building marshmallow towers, catapults, making bubbles, and creating invisible ink. It was a great opportunity to have teachers, parents, families, and students work together to learn and have fun with science!

Local summer meals go mobile

The Scotland County Summer Meals Program is gearing up for its 10th season of providing free meals to children — and this summer, it’s got a new set of wheels.

Adding “Wheelie,” a Ford B700 school bus retrofitted to serve as a mobile cafeteria, to the traditional sites on the program’s map is the fruition of a goal set by Scotland County Schools’ assistant child nutrition director, Anita Starling. She got the idea from a program in New Bern.

“They rolled it out, and that was the first one I saw, and I thought we can do that in our county,” said Starling. “With all the resources we have here in the county, surely we can do this. At that same time they rolled out the grant and I thought, oh yeah. We’ve got this.”

With a $3,000 grant from the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Action Center, the program purchased the surplus bus from the county. More than 30 hours of painting by the school system’s transportation department later, and with a switch from rows of bench seats to cafeteria tables lining the aisle, “Wheelie” is ready to hit the road.

Click here to read more in the Laurinburg Exchange.

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