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Vance County Schools Re-entry Plans Ready; Just Need Date

The Vance County School system has been hard at work on a re-entry plan for students, and this week at the Vance County Board of Education meeting that re-entry plan was approved.

No date was set.

VCS Public Information Officer Aarika Sandlin provided the information in her latest board briefs.  She wrote, “The Board of Education approved the re-entry plan for students; however, the re-entry date was not determined. The Board of Education will continue to review metrics, along with discussions with The ABC Science Collaborative, NCDHHS and Granville Vance Public Health.

“The re-entry plan approved allowed for two days of face-to-face instruction and a staggered entry, beginning with PreK, K and 6 grades, followed by grades 1 and 2 and then grades 3-5. Additionally, self-contained EC students in grades PreK-12 begin re-entry.”

The plan will allow any student wishing to remain fully remote to do so, with live instruction on specific days and times.

Sandlin can be heard each morning on WIZS at 7:45 and each afternoon during the WIZS Local News with school information.

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson will join WIZS on TownTalk Tuesday, December 22 at 11am.

Local News Audio

Local News Audio 9-9-20 Noon

– Homicide Suspect Arrested –
– Dr. Jerry Edmonds, VGCC Vice President Appointed to Black Entrepreneurship Council –
– Executive Session of Henderson City Council, Personnel Matter –
– Office Supplies for Vance County Schools Students –

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Local News Audio 9-8-20 Noon

– Warrants for Se’Quayveon Batchelor for 1st Degree Murder Remain Unserved –

– Vance County Schools and the Vance County Public School Foundation Both Recipients of Walmart Grants –

– Vance Co. Board of Commissioners to Hold Monthly Meeting Tues., Sept. 8 –

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Henderson Police Department

Local News Audio 9-4-20 Noon

-Suspect At Large After Man Shot Dead on Neathery Street-

-Vance County Schools Surpasses State Graduation Rate-

-VGCC Advances the Virtual Classroom through Proven Faculty Development-

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Local News Audio

Local News Audio 8-20-20 Noon

  • Dr. Rachel Desmarais, President of Vance-Granville Community College, Oldest Son Killed in Car Crash
  • David “DJ” Cooper on Serving as Transportation Director of Vance County Schools, The Same Schools He Himself Attended
  • McGregor Hall Continues Online

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Local News Audio

Local News Audio 8-19-20 Noon

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  • David Cooper, Vance County Schools Director of Transportation, School Bus Safety
  • Henderson City Council and Kerr Lake Regional Water Considering New Contract with Franklin County
  • Vance County Commissioners Special Meeting, Public Hearing Tonight on Economic Development Incentives
  • Vance County GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Appearance


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

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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