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  • Our Mission

    It is the mission of Scotland County Schools to develop responsible, productive citizens by providing an excellent education for the children through engaging instruction.  Partnering with families and the community, we will ensure every child's academic, social, emotional, and physical needs are met in a safe, nurturing environment. 

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    Fighting Scots Football:
    The Fighting Scots travel to Sanford, NC to take on the Southern Lee High School Cavaliers.
    If you plan on going to the game, you can buy tickets online:
    If you cannot travel to the game you can listen to pre-game, play-by-play, and post-game coverage on WLNC 95.1 FM or (Listen to livestream.)

    Pre-game: 6:45pm

    Kick-off: 7:30 pm

    As always....GO SCOTS!!!

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  • SEarCH Club Receives Grant
    The Peer Counseling/SAVE Club for Scotland Early College HS was recently awarded a $500 grant to aid in their purpose to promote an inclusive, safe school environment for all students and staff. Students are learning skills to recognize loneliness and isolation and the steps to act and inform trusted adults. Activities will span across the curriculum and continue throughout the school year. According to Principal, Kesha Hood the grant was awarded by The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. The work of the club ties into the initiative "See Something-Say Something.
    Club members from left to right: Jamie Grapine-Dixon, Madalynn Butler, Ashtie Barzinji, Llaniyah Allen, Emily Rader, Elizabeth Stack, Mrs. Emily Smith (not pictured: Aviona Scott)
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    Scotland County Schools Selected to be Part of Learning 2025 Initiative: A National Push to Transform America’s Education System

    Laurinburg, North Carolina – September 23, 2021 – In a bold effort toward a holistic redesign of our nation’s schools, Scotland County Schools has joined the Learning 2025 network of demonstration systems, a collaborative network of districts to help advance student-centered, equity-focused, future-driven education, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

    The more than 100 “demonstration systems” represent a collection of forward-leaning urban, suburban and rural districts serving as national models to help guide and reposition partner districts efficiently by sharing successful practices and successes, as well as challenges.

    “Serving as a demonstration site by participating in this initiative is an honor for Scotland County Schools,” said Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent “We look forward to working with other school districts from across the country to learn more about their strategic improvement efforts as we implement our new five-year strategic plan. In addition, our staff will be able to network with peers nationwide, and share strategic ideas and winning solutions in our collective effort to strengthen our communities and raise student outcomes.”

    “Our goal is to galvanize and synergize thought leaders from all sectors to emerge from the pandemic in better shape than they were before,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This initiative will ensure that educators are empowered and equipped to meet whole learners’ needs by personalizing and customizing instruction involving students in designing their own learning and coordinating resources to support ALL children’s overall growth and well-being.”

    The AASA Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education, recommended essential principles for school system redesign. The

    recommendations, which include the creation of demonstration districts, are found in the commission’s report, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools.

    “This report contains a blueprint to empower school districts to design their plans and meet the specific needs of their learners, educators and communities,” said Kristi Wilson, 2020-21 president of AASA; superintendent, Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye, Ariz.; and one of the 27 Learning 2025 Commissioners. “Every district that commits to becoming a demonstration system will receive a personalized consultation and become part of a community of learners who help each other as ‘critical friends’ focused on student learning.”

    An AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration System will:

    • Receive senior consulting services, personalized engagement and strategic planning support for their district.
    • Create a customized action plan tailored to meet the needs of their district.
    • Gain a customized dashboard to track their district's progress and provide real data to community stakeholders.
    • Take part in professional learning opportunities, including a complimentary registration to one of AASA's Leadership Network cohorts.
    • Contribute to national research, practice and policy.
    • Network, collaborate and learn with school systems that are committed to supporting the whole learner, ensuring anti-marginalization and adopting future-driven practices.
    • Move their district forward with research-based recommendations to provide all learners with a bright future.

    “This work will be guided by thought leaders from business and industry who are ahead of the curve in terms of implementing innovative strategies and solutions that align to key components of Learning 2025 recommendations,” said Malbert Smith III, CEO, president and co-founder, MetaMetrics; creator of the Lexile and Quantile Frameworks; and Learning 2025 Commissioner. “The team will assist in identifying assessments that could be used to inform and bolster the district’s ability to achieve its priorities and goals for maximizing student achievement.”

    To access An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools, visit the AASA website. For additional information about the report or the Learning 2025: A National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, Leadership Network, at, or Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at

    To join the conversation via Twitter, please access #Learning2025.

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  • This Week In Scotland County Schools:

    South Johnson Elementary School

    We dropped by SJES for a visit with Scotland County Schools 2021 “Principal Of The Year,” LaTonya McLean. We also spent time with students in the Media Center with Ms. Lucas and students. We also stopped by Ms. Beasley’s Science Class. Students were building walls and learning about structure. The students at South Johnson Elementary School are proud of their school.



     Sycamore Lane Primary School

    Sycamore Lane Primary School students look and act sharp in the hallways. We visited Special Classes with 1st graders in Ms. Fields music class. The students were learning movement to the traditional song – “Peace Like a River.” In art class, Ms. Flowers was assisting the students with brush painting. Specials are a very important part of learning in Scotland County Schools.



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  • Governor’s Statement on Civility at School Board Meetings

    North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper recently held a news conference and issued a statement regarding civility at NC district school board meetings. Here is a quote from the Governor:

    “As we head into the fall, with the school calendar in full swing, let’s also work together to keep our commitment to students and teachers this school year. Keeping children safe, healthy and learning, while in person, and in the classroom – that’s the number one priority. We cannot lose sight of that critically important goal.

    Many are concerned about the fevered pitch that many school board meetings have reached in recent weeks. I am, too. Threats, bullying, intimidation. None of this belongs in our public schools, particularly by adults. Remember – our children are watching. They are absorbing everything they see and hear, even if we think they aren’t paying attention. Being civil and respectful of one another is more important than ever as we navigate another COVID school year.  Let’s behave the way we want our kids to act. We owe it to them, and we owe it to each other.”


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