Vance County Schools Meal Distribution Continues

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The threat of strong storms resulted in the Vance County Schools meal distribution being cancelled on Monday, April 13.

However, according to Vance County Schools public information officer Aarika Sandlin, moving forward, meal distributions should be Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Eight familiar locations will be used, including:

  • Aycock Elementary
  • Clarke Elementary
  • EM Rollins Elementary
  • EO Young Elementary
  • New Hope Elementary
  • Zeb Vance Elementary
  • Vance County Middle
  • Vance County High

Vance Superintendent Jackson Announces Initial Plans

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At the direction of Governor Roy Cooper, and pursuant to his Executive Order issued on Saturday, March 14, 2020, all public schools in NC are closed effective immediately for students. Per the order, schools are scheduled to remain closed from March 16-30, 2020.

To provide training for our teachers and to organize staff to support the execution of our district-wide remote learning plan, March 16th -18th (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) will be required workdays for all staff.

Parents needing to retrieve their child’s medication should also plan to do so on one of the required workdays. Please contact your child’s school if you have questions.

VCS is continuously monitoring the impact of the coronavirus statewide and will continue to take our guidance from state and local public health authorities.

Finally, thank you for your continued support as we work through this very difficult situation. We will be releasing information shortly on how we plan to continue instruction for students and our strategy for providing student support relative to meal service, instructional delivery, and their social and emotional needs. More to come.

Dr. Anthony D. Jackson, Superintendent
Vance County Public Schools


Vance County Schools Leaders Plan For Instruction, Nutrition

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— from Vance County Schools

District leaders held a conference call this afternoon (Sunday, March 15, 2020) to discuss plans for remote learning, student nutrition, staff support and possible calendar adjustments. Stay tuned for announcements tomorrow. This is a fluid situation, and we are working very hard to make the best decisions for students and staff. We continue to thank everyone for your patience. Stay up to date with the latest updates at

Aarika Sandlin
Public Information Officer
Vance County Schools

31 Retire From Vance County Schools

— photo and information courtesy of Vance County Schools

A total of 31 associates with Vance County Schools were honored during the evening of June 12, at the school system’s Annual Retirement Banquet.

The event was held at the Henderson Country Club.

The Honorable Judge Caroline Burnette stands at the podium at the far left as she addresses retirees and guests at the Vance County Schools Annual Retirement Banquet.

The Honorable Judge Caroline Burnette, who is a 9th District Court judge, was the evening’s featured speaker. She offered the retirees encouraging words and reminded them to have fun. She stressed that they have dedicated their lives to help others and now it is time to do things for themselves.

Jan Vaughan, who retired last year as a teacher at Aycock Elementary School, spoke about her first year as a retiree. She told those now joining her in retirement to do things they enjoy and to remember that every day is Saturday.

School administrative leaders praised each of the retirees who worked with them. The administrators included Superintendent Anthony Jackson, Assistant Superintendent Trixie Brooks, principals in our schools and department directors. The honored associates were each given a handsome glass plaque to commemorate their years of service to our children, their colleagues and our schools.

Those honored for their retirement include:

Larry Alston of Zeb Vance Elementary School
Christine Ayscue of Vance County Middle School
Mamie Banks of Vance County High School
Carnetta Blakely of the Exceptional Children’s Department
Larry Bobbitt of the Exceptional Children’s Department
Willa Clark, director of the Career and Technical Education Program
Jeanette Cousin of L.B. Yancey Elementary School
Faye Crawford of E.M. Rollins Elementary School
Lisa Finch of New Hope Elementary School
Hye Griffin of Vance County High School
Louis Hargrove, Jr. of Dabney Elementary School
Terri Hedrick, Public Information Officer
Rosa Henderson of Vance County Middle School
Susan Hughes of Dabney Elementary School
Isabella Jenkins of E.O. Young, Jr. Elementary School
Nancy Lee of E.O. Young, Jr. Elementary School
Brenda LeMay of Clarke Elementary School
Barbara Lucas of Zeb Vance Elementary School
Michael Miller of Vance County High School
Alexa Molden of Clarke Elementary School
Randolph Oxendine of Carver Elementary School
Ingrid Palmer of Vance County Middle School
Crystal Richardson of Vance County Middle School
Dr. Alice Sallins of Dabney Elementary School
Alisa Salmon of the Maintenance Department
Claudette Scales, Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator
Cynthia Simpson of Zeb Vance Elementary School
LaRose Stainback of Zeb Vance Elementary School
Judy Tatum of Zeb Vance Elementary School
Barbara Vann of Vance County High School
Donna Vann of Dabney Elementary School

Town Talk: Vance County Schools News Program 06/13/19

One of the two segments of TownTalk on Thursday, June 13 featured Terri Hedrick, Public Information Officer with Vance County Schools.  She said the 2018-2019 school year is complete at this point.

Click Here To Listen To TownTalk With Hedrick

There were three uplifting graduation ceremonies this spring resulting in almost 400 graduates from Vance County Public Schools.

VCHS Graduation Story

Early College High School Graduation Story

Advance Academy Graduation Story

Hedrick said the school system is so pleased with the school year, considering the changes with consolidation and how the challenges were met.

Following a safe and happy summer, remember the 2019-2020 school year starts early for three schools.  Vance County High School, Early College High School and EM Rollins, of which Rollins is year round, will start on Monday, August 5.

The first school day otherwise for the remaining schools still on the traditional calendar is Monday, August 26.  Open House is August 22.

And, over 900 school system employees will gather at McGregor Hall on Monday, August 19 for the annual convocation.

Click Here To Listen To TownTalk With Hedrick

Vance Co. Schools Out 12-12-18 For Students

— from Vance Co. Schools

Vance Co. Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, December 12, with the day designated as an optional workday for school system employees. There are some roads in the county that have not been completely cleared and there was no major melting during the day today. Officials expect the wet roads to freeze over again tonight. Employees are asked to use their best judgement in deciding when and if they will report to work tomorrow. We want everyone to be as safe as possible!



Warren County at Vance County

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

6:00 PM

Can Vance County High School end its first regular football season with back to back wins?  The Vipers have their chance on Saturday when they host the Eagles of Warren County.

The Vipers, now 3-7 (2-3 Northern Carolina Conference) narrowly escaped winless J. F. Webb 14-13 at Vance County’s first Homecoming game last Thursday night, and are fortunate to have the home field again for Saturday’s match-up, which was postponed from September 14.  The Eagles, 2-7 (1-4 NCC) will meet a more experienced and confident nest of Vipers on Saturday than the winless VC team they would have encountered 6 weeks ago, and Warren County has struggled since September 14, losing 5 in a row.

A win on Saturday might give the Vipers an outside chance at a playoff birth, and Warren’s defense is weak.  However, the two offenses are very similar, scoring an average of three touchdowns per game.  Crisp passing from Viper QB Samien Burwell, more catches from his receivers, and far fewer penalties should give Vance County that win, and a repeat of last week’s great running game from Devonte Evans wouldn’t hurt, either.

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JF. Webb at Vance County

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pregame: 6:45 PM

Gametime: 7:00 PM

Vance County High School will have home field advantage this week as the Warriors of J. F. Webb come calling. The Warriors have yet to win a game this season, and the Vipers may not get a better chance for a win than this Thursday night (moved up from Friday due to expected rain storms).

At 0-7 (0-4 Northern Carolina Conference), Webb averages 10 points per game and has allowed over 35 points.  Like Vance County, the Warriors they have hung in every game stubbornly, and have not been shut out this season. With just two games to go in the regular season, the Vipers’ scoring average has remained respectable at just under 23 points per game, and their most productive games were the 36-point win over Roanoke Rapids and 42 points in the thrilling 44-42 double-overtime loss to Bunn.

Like the Warriors, the Viper Defense has taken its lumps all season, allowing just under 34 points per game. Now 2-7 (1-3 NCC), VC can even their conference record with two well-balanced games this week and next. To do that, Viper QB Samien Burwell and his receivers will need to click together from the opening whistle.

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Vance County at Granville Central

Friday, October 19, 2018

Pregame: 6:45 PM

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Vance County High School returns to the road this Friday night as the Vipers take the short trip through Granville County to meet Granville Central. Granville Central is one of the two 1A members of the current Northern Carolina Conference (along with Louisburg), but the Panthers are not playing like a “little brother” in the conference.

Now undefeated at 5-0, and 3-0 in the NCC, they opened the season with back-to-back 35-0 shutouts of Bartlett Yancey (2A) and Kipp Pride (1A), and went on to defeat Roanoke Rapids, Warren County and J. F. Webb. Along the way, they had two nonconference games postponed (or maybe cancelled) because of hurricanes. These weather delays required Granville Central to play Bunn this past Monday, and the panthers kept their streak alive with a 22-21 win ! This makes a very full week for the Panthers, who are catching the Vipers on their way UP. Vance County has improved to 2-2 over their past four games, and came just two points short of collecting a win of their own over Bunn two weeks ago.

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North Lenoir at Vance County

Saturday, October 15th, 2018

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Southern Vance lost last year’s first-ever meeting with the Hawks in a 50-36 shootout, but N. Lenoir went on to a 5-6 record (2-4 in their conference) and missed the playoffs.  The Hawks’ 2017 offense, a lot like this year’s Vipers on paper, was not too bad,  averaging 25 points per game, and breaking 40 points in 4 of their 5 wins;  but their defense had a lot of holes in it, so when they lost they lost big, allowing an average of 34 points per game.

First-year coach Jim Collins inherited an improved program, elevated by his predecessor from records of 2-9 in both 2014 and 2015, to 6-6 in 2017, and 5-6 last year.  This year’s 50-man roster includes 16 seniors, so there should have been a core to build on.  But the Hawks were 0-3 as of September 7 this season, and they missed 3 games in a row because of the hurricane.  Returning to action against conference opponent Greene Central last week, the Hawks lost 42-26. Meeting a winless team at home who has similar challenges to their own, the Vipers have a clear opportunity to notch their second victory before entering their conference home stretch.

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