Vance County Board of Ed Approves 10 million dollar funding request

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2017

The Vance County Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting on April 17, approved a funding request of $10,219,321 for appropriations from Vance County for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The request will go on to the Vance County Board of Commissioners for its review, along with other county funding requests, beginning at its May 1 meeting.

The school system’s local funding request includes an increase of $1,021,881 from the current fiscal year. The increased funding request would help the school district continue its positive trend through sustaining operations with continuation funds of $121,523, fully funding the school system’s teacher supplement with an additional $400,359 to help retain and support quality staff and increase the capital outlay funding by $500,000 to support the district’s school safety plan.

If approved, the requested county appropriations funding would maintain existing programs and services based on current per-pupil funding and inflationary factors.

The request for increased teacher supplement funding would boost available revenues which currently fund supplements for only 64 percent of eligible teachers. The school district has been using available fund balance monies to offset the difference each year for the last several years.

The requested increase in capital outlay funds will be used for school safety initiatives that include installing new cameras on all school buses and in school buildings.

The Vance County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve all county funding for the upcoming fiscal year by July 1.

E.M. Rollins becomes first year-round school in Vance County

The Vance County Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, April 17, approved the year-round calendar for the 2017-2018 school year for E.M. Rollins Elementary School, which has been designated as a restart school by the state.

E.M. Rollins will begin the new school year as a STEAM school, with an emphasis on student instruction in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

E.M. Rollins Elementary will be the first year-round school in the Vance County Public School System.

With the approved calendar, school staff members will begin work for the new school year on Monday, July 17. The first day of classes for students at E.M. Rollins will be Tuesday, August 1.

The calendar will follow the basic format of students attending school for 45-day periods (nine weeks) and then having 15 days (three weeks) as a break after each nine weeks through the year.

The school will still observe all designated state holidays, as do our other local schools. The school’s Thanksgiving break will include Wednesday, November 22, as a non-student day and Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 as holidays.

Christmas break will be Monday, December 18-Friday, January 5. Their spring break will be observed during one of the school’s three-week breaks, Monday, March 19-Friday, April 6.

The last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year at E.M. Rollins Elementary will be Friday, June 22.

Southern Vance High School Inducts 53 into National Beta Club

A total of 53 students who attend Southern Vance High School have been inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Beta Club.

The students were recognized during an assembly held in the school’s gymnasium on April 6.

They join 74 current members in the chapter’s Beta Club.

Andrea Coleman of Duke Energy Progress, was the featured speaker during the induction ceremony. She praised the students for their high academic achievements that led them to be inducted into the prestigious educational association.


The new inductees are shown in the accompanying photo. They include, seated from left on the front row, Diamond Alston, Corey Baldwin, Justus Baldwin, Kailee Ball, Reyna Orzco, Madonna Baselios, Magan Bass, Karmin Caceres, Sherrod Carter and Miracle Chin. On the second row, from left, are Areli Clemente, Victoria Cruz, Zamari Ellis, Litzi Gonzalez, She’Nyia Hargrove, Deana Hawkins, Shayquan Henderson, Emily Isidro, Jillion Johnson and Joshua Joyner. Seated from left on the third row are Maleny Lopez, Perla Lopez, Crystal Marrow, Diamonds Marrow, Jacob May, Mya McKnight, Desmond Mills, Ashley Mosley, April Pendergrass and Shaniya Pernell. Students on the fourth row, from left, include Imani Perry, Wendy Portillo, Hailey Reavis, Litzy Renteria, OnJahlaya Robinson, Camri Ross, Bryanna Simril, William Strickland, Robert Susewell and Kaitlyn Tant. Seated from left on the back row are Dayon Thornton, Tar’Naja Thorpe, Gabriela Ventura, Dyamond Williams, Zachary Williamson and Xavier Wilson.

Additional students who were inducted as new Beta Club members, but were not available for the photo include Hakeem Agbele, Sarah Burns, Itzy Chavarin, Cynthia Hernandez, Natalee Stephens, Conner Thompson and Jodi Waite.

Vance County Schools Announces End-of-Course Test Dates

Beginning in mid-May state testing will begin in Vance County Schools.

N.C. End-of-Course and N.C. Final Exams will be administered to students at the Vance County Early College High School May 16-19 and May 22-25. At the Early College, May 16 and May 17 testing will include Math II, Math III and district testing. May 18 will include testing for seniors and will involve exams that have constructive responses. On May 19, students will take their first-period exams for the N.C. End-of-Course, N.C. Final Exams, Career and Technical Education assessments and any teacher made exams. The same exams will be administered on May 22 for second-period classes; May 23 for third-period classes; and May 24 for fourth-period classes. Make-up exams will be given to students who need them May 22-25. Each school day, testing will begin by 8:30 a.m. The last day of classes for students at Early College High this year is May 24.

Testing in elementary and middle schools begins on May 26.

On May 26, the N.C. Final Exams (NCFE) will be given to students in grades 4, 6 and 7 in science or social studies and students in grade 8 will take the NCFE in social studies.

N.C. End-of-Grade (EOG) exams will be given May 30-June 1 in elementary and middle schools. The testing calendar includes: Math EOGs on May 30; Reading EOGs on May 31; and Science EOGs for fifth and eighth graders on June 1. Students in grades 3-5 in the elementary schools and in grades 6-8 in the middle schools will participate in the math and reading state testing.

On June 2, NCFE will be administered to students in grades 6 and 7 in science or social studies. On June 5 and June 6, middle school students will take Career and Technical Education assessments. June 7 will involve testing for selected eighth graders for the N.C. Math I test and Career and Technical Education assessments for all eligible middle school students. Eighth graders in English I classes will take this N.C. End-of-Course test on June 8 and eligible middle school students will take additional Career and Technical Education assessments on June 8. Make-up exams for middle school students will be administered June 2 and June 5-9. Remediation instruction also will be given to affected students beginning June 2 and continuing each school day through June 8.

The third-grade N.C. Read to Achieve exam will be administered to students on June 8. At the elementary level, students will have make-up exams June 2 and June 5-9. Remediation instruction also will be given to affected elementary students June 2 and June 5-8.

In all local elementary schools, testing will begin each school day by 9 a.m. The elementary and middle schools will operate on a normal schedule during each of the testing days.

At Northern Vance and Southern Vance high schools, Extend 1 testing begins the testing period on May 26. The Extend 1 test is given to selected students. May 31 and June 1, Math II, Math III and district made tests will be given to students taking those courses in grades 9-12 at the high schools. High school seniors will take exams that have constructive responses on June 2. Students in grades 9-12 in the high schools will be given N.C. End-of-Course exams, N.C. Final Exams, Career and Technical Education assessments and teacher made exams for their courses on the following schedule: first-period exams on June 5; second-period exams on June 6; third-period exams on June 7; and fourth-period exams on June 8. Make-up exams will be administered in the high schools June 6-9. On each of the testing days in the high schools, exams will be administered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be served to students at all schools on all of the testing days.

The last day of classes for this school year for elementary, middle and high school students (except at Early College) is June 9.

Southern Vance Symphonic Band rated “Excellent”

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2017

The Southern Vance High School Symphonic Band earned an “Excellent” rating during competition at the Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) for North Carolina in late March.

The band attended the stringent high school band judging process at Apex Friendship School in Apex.

This is the first time a band from Vance County has earned an “Excellent” rating in the MPA. The rating is the second highest possible rating, behind the “Superior” rating.

The Southern Vance bands are under the direction of Michael Lewis.

Northern Vance High School Achieves AdvancED Accreditation

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2017

Northern Vance High School administrators, staff and students completed two thorough days of examination by a team of educators from the AdvancED accreditation agency and received the prestigious accreditation!

The five-year accreditation was granted after an external review team met with Principal Andrew Markoch and his staff over the two-day review and visited classrooms throughout the school during their review time.

The AdvancED team looked at governance, facilities, academic programs and outlying programs at the school before awarding the accreditation.

They looked closely at teaching and learning impact, leadership capacity and resource utilization.

The team rated Northern Vance highly in equitable learning environment, high expectations environment, supportive learning environment, active learning environment, progress monitoring and feedback environment, well-managed learning environment and digital learning environment.

The team’s conclusions for the Index of Education Quality focused on: the impact of teaching and learning on student performance; the capacity of leadership to guide and ensure effectiveness in carrying out the strategic direction of the institution; the use as a tool for formative analysis and continuous improvement; and the connection for the conditions, processes and practices to evidence including student performance.

Vance County Schools Free College Info Session Wrap up

High school students and parents involved in Vance County Schools took advantage of a free college information session offered on April 4 through the school system’s Family Resource Center.
The session was held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Family Resource Center, located on Graham Avenue in Henderson in the school system’s Administrative Services Center.
High school counselors from Northern Vance, Southern Vance, Early College and the AdVance Academy at Western Vance high schools were on hand to talk with students and parents about the college application process, applications for student scholarships and loans and available financial aid for college. They also shared information about the services and programs available through Vance-Granville Community College.
The counselors included Jameka Floyd of Northern Vance, Carol Simmons of Southern Vance, Tannis Jenkins of Early College, and Marsha Harris of the AdVance Academy.
They provided written information on college applications and financial aid and assisted students with online services and applications for a variety of colleges and universities throughout North Carolina and beyond.
The information session was designed mostly to provide a wealth of information to high school seniors who have not yet made a decision about the college they will attend.
Cassandra Evans, director of Federal Programs for the school system and the coordinator for the Family Resource Center, planned the college information session with assistance from the counselors.
In the accompanying photo, counselors Marsha Harris, left, and Jameka Floyd, right, work with students in the Family Resource Center during the college information sessions.

Vance County Schools FRC to host “Senior Night” Info Session

The Vance County Schools Family Resource Center is hosting a free “Senior Night” information session on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. for high school students and their parents.

Students and parents can come at any time during the three hours to receive valuable information from high school counselors about the college application process, financial aid opportunities and educational services and programs provided through Vance-Granville Community College.

The session will be held in the Family Resource Center, located in the school system’s Administrative Services Center at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.