Much Needed Vance County Schools Info 1-22-18

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools were closed on Friday, January 19, for all students and school system employees due to the continued snowy conditions.

Due to school closures caused by the winter storm, Vance County Schools will continue with exams at the high schools on Monday, January 22-Wednesday, January 24. Students and staff will report to school on Monday, January 22, for a normal student day. Thursday, January 25, will be an early release day for all schools on a traditional calendar. Friday January 26, will be designated as a workday for staff to transition into second semester set to begin on Monday, January 29.

The early release and workday for staff does not include Early College High and E.M. Rollins Elementary. These schools will operate on their regular schedules beginning Monday.

The mid-year graduation ceremony for AdVance Academy has been rescheduled to Friday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Henderson Middle School.

#VANCECoProud – School Consolidation Feasibility Meeting Times

— from Vance County Schools

The Vance County Board of Education is gathering input on the feasibility of consolidating middle and high schools. The proposal includes the possibility of consolidating Henderson and Eaton-Johnson Middle Schools for the 2018-2019 school year and Northern Vance and Southern Vance High Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

We need your input. Please plan to attend one of the meetings below. We need to hear from you!

Note that the dates for three of the meetings have changed from what we previously announced.

For those who cannot attend any of the meetings but still want to provide their input, you may send your email responses to [email protected].


  • January 25 — 10:00 a.m. — Administrative Services Center
  • January 25 — 6:00 p.m. — Henderson Middle School
  • January 30 — 10:00 a.m. — Administrative Services Center
  • January 31 — 6:30 p.m. — Northern Vance High School
  • February 19 — 6:00 p.m. — Southern Vance High School
  • February 26 — 6:00 p.m. — Eaton-Johnson Middle School

#VANCECoProud – Kedecia Stewart Regional Teacher of Year

For immediate release

Jan. 12, 2018

NC Regional Teachers of the Year Named

Nine in the Running for State Title

Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as the state’s regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve.

These accomplished educators will now compete for the title of 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner succeeds the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County.

The 2018 North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year are:

  • Northeast:  Kaley Kiffner, Perquimans County Middle (Perquimans County Schools);
  • Southeast: Cameron Gupton, Greene Early College High (Greene County Schools);
  • North Central: Kedecia Stewart, Pinkston Street Elementary School (Vance County Schools);
  • Sandhills: Lindsey Sise, West Hoke Middle (Hoke County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad: Bryan McKinney, Walter M. Williams High (Alamance-Burlington Schools);
  • Southwest: Samone Graham, Mooresville High (Mooresville Graded School District);
  • Northwest: Lisa Wall, Burke Middle College (Burke County Public Schools);
  • Western: Julie Pittman, R-S Central High (Rutherford County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Courtney Samuelson, The Capitol Encore Academy (Fayetteville)

The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced April 20 at an awards ceremony in Cary. North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970.


Middle and High School Consolidation? Community Input Sought

Vance County Schools
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2018

The Vance County Board of Education at its January 8 meeting directed Superintendent Anthony Jackson and school system staff members to seek community input on a potential facilities consolidation plan that would impact current Vance County middle and high schools.

Jackson provided information at the board meeting outlining a process to gather input on the feasibility of consolidating middle and high schools. The proposal includes the possibility of consolidating Henderson and Eaton-Johnson Middle Schools for the 2018-2019 school year. It further proposes the possibility of consolidating Northern Vance and Southern Vance High Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Jackson stressed that the consolidation proposal is the result of several years of declining student enrollment across the district and the need to improve the efficient and financial sustainability of school operations.

The matter was brought to the full board following a recommendation from the board’s Building and Grounds Committee with a motion from the Committee’s Chair Mrs. Ruth Hartness to begin the process of gathering input from the local community.

Several public meetings to discuss the proposal are scheduled. The meetings include: January 25 at 10 a.m. in the school system’s Administrative Services Center; January 25 at 6 p.m. at Henderson Middle School; January 29 at 6 p.m. at Eaton-Johnson Middle School; January 30 at 10 a.m. in the Administrative Services Center; January 30 at 6 p.m. at Northern Vance High School; and February 8 at 6 p.m. at Southern Vance High School. There also will be a meeting on January 17 with principals at a time and location to be determined as well as meetings with middle and high school faculties.

Included in the report to the board, it was noted that enrollment in Vance County Schools has declined from 6,848 students in 2012-2013 to 5,980 students in the current school year. The consolidation proposal seeks to improve and enhance services and programs for students.

At the direction of the board, the proposal should not impact any of the district’s 10 elementary schools.

Initial projections indicate that by consolidating the two middle schools on one campus, the district could save an estimated $1 million annually. One consolidated middle school would serve approximately 835 students.

A consolidated high school could see estimated savings of approximately $1.4 million each year. One high school would serve approximately 1,500 students.

The consolidation proposal projects a reduction of approximately 19 positions at the middle school level and 25 positions at the high school level, plus operational and monthly cost for facilities no longer needed.

The community engagement process will involve the public meetings to gather input from all stakeholders in the community through February. The staff will compile this information and bring a final report with recommendations to the board for its review in March.

It is important to recognize that all savings realized by these proposals will be redirected back into the consolidated schools to support our students and staff and to improve program offerings.

It is important that the staff receive ample input from the community, so that they might be able to make the best recommendation to the board in March. The Board reiterates that no final decisions have been made. They need to hear from the community to ensure that the plan has the necessary support for success moving forward.

#VANCECoProud – Wills Delegate to Congress of Future Medical Leaders

— courtesy Vance County Schools
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2018

Kianna Wills, who is a junior at the Vance County Early College High School, has been selected as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Ma., June 25-27.

The Congress is an honors program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream. It also helps to provide a path, plan and resources to help students reach their goals.

Wills was nominated for the Congress by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. She will represent her school based on her academic achievements, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Wills will join students from across the nation and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading medical research. Students also will be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school and they will learn about cutting edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists offers free services and programs to students including: online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and more.

Vance Schools Teacher Workday Fri, Jan 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, will be a teacher workday for all employees in Vance County Schools with no school for students. While main roads and highways are clear, many secondary roads still pose hazardous travel conditions for school buses and other vehicles. The school day missed today will follow our approved school year calendar and will be made up on February 21, which will be converted to a full school day from an early release day. Tomorrow’s missed day of instruction will be made up on March 21, which will now be a full school day.

Vance County Schools Closed Thurs, Jan 4

Vance County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 4, due to snowy conditions in our area. The day is an optional workday for 12-month employees, who are asked to use their best judgement to decide if travel is safe.

Vance Schools After School and Evening Activities Cancelled for Jan 3, 2018

From Terri Hedrick
Public Information Officer

All after school activities for Vance County Schools, including the evening classes at AdVance Academy, have been cancelled for today.

2 Hour Delay Vance Schools Jan 2, 2018

Vance County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay, January 2, 2018 for students and staff due to our extremely cold conditions.

Oxendine, Gooche Will Lead Board; Meeting Schedule Set For 2018

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Darlynn Oxendine was elected by the board to serve as its new chairperson for 2018. Dorothy Gooche was elected to serve as the board’s vice chairperson. The board also approved its meeting schedule for the new year. The board will meet each month on the second Monday of the month, with the exception of November. The meeting for that month will be held on Monday, November 5, due to the Veteran’s Day holiday scheduled for the following Monday.