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What's Happening in Scotland County Schools
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
 
SCOTLAND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
             Please take notice pursuant to G.S. 143-318.12(b)(2) that the Scotland County Board of Education will hold a special meeting beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the Board Room of the A.B. Gibson Education Center, 322 South Main Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352 for the purpose of conducting public hearings regarding the possible closure and/or consolidation of Covington Street Elementary School and North Laurinburg Elementary School, pursuant to G.S. 115C-72(a)(1),  and such other matters as may properly come before the Board. Following this special meeting, the Board will hold its regular monthly meeting beginning at 6:00 PM. 
 
New Scotland High School principal announced


Scotland County Schools announced Wednesday that the new high school principal has been selected.  

Mr. Brian Edkins was approved during Monday night’s regular Board of Education meeting as the new principal of Scotland High School.  

Mr. Edkins will be taking over for interim principal, Mr. Cory Satterfield, who has served in the position for the 2016-17 school year.   Mr. Satterfield will resume his duties as Assistant Superintendent July 1.

‘We first held the interviews for a principal of the high school last year at this time,’ explained Superintendent Dr. Ron Hargrave.  ‘We were not able to find the ideal candidate for the position.’  Hargrave continued, ‘We reminded our students, staff, and community that we were committed to finding 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 extremely grateful to Mr. Satterfield for the excellent job that he’s done this past year and we are especially appreciative and thankful for our students’ and staffs’ hard work and dedication during these transitions.  I know that our entire school community, and especially those at Scotland High, are excited and join me in welcoming Mr. Edkins to our district.’

Edkins comes to Scotland County Schools from Cumberland County.  For the past twenty-two years he has served on the faculty at South View High School in Fayetteville.  He began his career at South View as a teacher and soccer coach.  His administrative career started as the high school’s Safe School Coordinator.  He was then hired as an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director and was later elevated to Associate Principal.  In 2007, Edkins was named Principal and has served in that position for the past nine years.

‘With all of my various experiences, I feel I am ready to lead Scotland High School,’ Edkins explained.  ‘I have been reading and hearing about the progress and achievements of the district and high school and I am confident that I, along with the staff, students, and community, can play an integral role in the successful future of Scotland High School and our students.’

Although Edkins will officially begin his tenure July 1, he will be active and involved during the transition process as well.  
 


 
April BOE meeting recognitions



We sure did have a lot to celebrate during Monday night's regular Board of Education meeting!  Spring Hill Middle School's Sign Language Club, along with the Scotland High School JROTC Color Guard, led the Pledge of Allegiance. We highlighted Spring Hill Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jody Odom (click here to watch the video feature). We recognized Carver and Scotland High School's TSA (Technology Student Association) State Award Winners. We celebrated our recent Science Olympiad teams and winners from Spring Hill Middle School and Sycamore Lane Elementary. We recognized our three Spring Hill Middle School students that placed in the annual Optimist Club Oratorical contest. And we praised our newest Scotland High School Governor's School selection, Jason Kang. Congratulations to all of these students and staff!  #SCSgrowsgreatness
 

 
Robotics event showcases student talent



If the April 8th Robotics Showcase was any indication, Scotland County Schools students' are definitely 21st century learners! The gym was full of our elementary and middle school Robotics Club team members showing off their coding skills by programing their robots to complete basic tasks as well as maneuver the more complicated mazes and challenges. Our Robotics Teams will go on to compete with other teams in our region at a robotics competition in Moore County in May. #roboticsrock  #STEM  #SCSgrowsgreatness
 

 
Middle and high school student feedback needed
 
Scotland County Schools' middle and high school students are participating in the 'Whole Child, Whole Community, Whole School Pilot' with the Department of Public Instruction. Part of the pilot includes students participating in a Youth Risk Behavior Survey. A letter about the survey was sent home on March 30, 2017 with your child. The letter should only be returned if you do not ​want your child to participate. If you have questions concerning this survey, please contact your child's principal.  
 

 
Famed pilot inspires students to soar


 

Barrington Irving knows what it is like to be young and facing unlikely odds.

The pilot was in Maxton last week to tell other young people that they can achieve any goal they set for themselves.

Irving, who holds the record as the youngest pilot to fly around the world, spoke to a group of Scotland County Schools' students, in the auditorium at Scotland High School and then to Carver Middle School STEM Academy students who crowded into an airplane hanger at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport to hear his story.

“It doesn’t matter who much revenue you have or don’t have, anyone can make it in this country and that is what makes this country so great,” Irving said.

Kingston Jamaica native, who was raised in Miami, has been featured in National Geographic for flying solo around the world in 2007, at the age of 23. He became the youngest person to do that in a single-engine airplane. The trip took a total of 97 days, and spanned 30,000 miles in a single-engine plane called “Inspiration.”

“Now I travel and talk at schools all across the nation, large cities and small communities, but this is the first time we have had the chance to bring kids to their local airport.”

This was Irving’s first trip to rural North Carolina to speak with students and share his experience and provide a hands-on lesson on how aviation can strengthen student’s understanding of the STEM curriculum.

Click here to read more about Captain Irving's visit. 
 



 

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