Latest News & Announcements
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Contact: David L. (Dave) Wells
Communications/Public Relations Specialist
Scotland County Schools
910.277.4459 ext. 345
Boayue Selected Principal of Shaw Academy
Scotland County Schools has named Mr. Philip Boayue as the new Principal at Shaw Academy. Mr. Boayue was approved for the new post during the July 26th Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting. He replaces Mr. Brent Smith, who was named Principal of Scotland High School. Phillip Boayue currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Westover Middle in Fayetteville, his fourth year in that position. Mr. Boayue holds 18 years of educational experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. Prior to his administrator role he served in various education positions as a science and social studies teacher in Cumberland and Wake County. Mr. Boayue is also a 24 year Army Veteran who is currently serving as a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army Reserves.
Mr. Boayue stated: “I am very grateful to be a new member of the Scotland County community. I look forward to building onto the the great works Shaw Academy has produced and meeting the amazing students, staff, and community that make this such a remarkable place to be a part of.”
Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand commented: "I am excited about the future of Shaw Academy under the leadership of Mr. Boayue. He is passionate about learning for all students and adults, believes in using data to guide interventions for success and has a gift for developing relationships. Mr. Boayue's education, military, and community service experiences are a value-add to Scotland County Schools."
The North Carolina Education Corps is on a mission to build a better North Carolina and better Scotland County by providing high-quality whole child and academic support to our Scotland County School students. We seek community-minded change makers to help our youngest learners transition from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ If you are interested in working with our Scotland County School students in a part-time paid position, please apply by 8/3/21 to join the SCS Education Corps Team at https://nc.teachermatch.org/applyteacherjob.do?jobId=504952.
Rachel G. Burris Ed.D
Director of Beginning Teacher Support and Licensure
Scotland County Schools
(910) 276-1138 ext. 306
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David L. (Dave) Wells
Communications/Public Relations Specialist
Scotland County Schools
910.277.4459 ext. 345
School Board and County Commissioners Reach a Budget Agreement
LAURINBURG, N.C. (July 15, 2021) – The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration met on Wednesday evening (July 14th,) with the Scotland County Board of Commissioners at the Honeycutt Center on the Richmond CC Scotland Campus. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the 2021-2022 budget for Scotland County Schools. After discussion a final amount of $10,000,000.00 was agreed upon. Both boards agreed that moving forward with the purpose of giving students the best possible education is what is most important.
Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated: “I am elated that all parties involved were able to sit down for an honest and open discussion regarding the budget. I truly believe that the best interests of our students was the number one priority for all. I am excited to move forward in planning for the upcoming year and look forward to a very bright future for Scotland County Schools.”
Scotland County Schools Board/Executive Leadership Team Hold a Retreat
LAURINBURG, N.C. (July 12, 2021) – Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration met on Sunday, July 11, 2021, for a board retreat. The meeting was held in the Media Center on the campus of Scotland High School. During the 4-hour meeting those in attendance participated in group learning exercises, heard an update regarding “Salary Spiking101” and recent legislation from Attorney, Lindsay V. Smith with Tharrington - Smith, LLC. Also the Board then heard presentations from Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Executive Cabinet members and Administrative staff regarding each department’s five year goals and strategies as they pertain to the Superintendent’s Post Entry Report and the 5-year Strategic Plan for Scotland County Schools. One of the exercises involved a “Speed Dating” theme between the Executive Cabinet and Board Members resulted in great dialogue. “Speed Dating” is an organized social activity in which people meet for short conversations to determine mutual interest. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand explained that the format of “speed dating” would allow Executive Cabinet and Board Members to share information and begin to build better working relationships.
At the end of the retreat, many commented on the positives, learning about individual purposes, ideas, and expectations for success that came from the presentations and exercises. Both Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and Board Chair, Rick Singletary deemed the meeting a huge success as evidenced by active participation and feedback that will support the Leadership team with The Summer Leadership Academy scheduled for August 3-4, 2021.
Shaw Academy’s Brent Smith Selected to Lead Scotland High School
Scotland County Schools is pleased to announce that Brent Smith has been named the new principal of Scotland High School.
Smith, join the district in 2015 leading Spring Hill Middle School and is currently the principal at Shaw Academy. He has over 20 years’ experience as an educator with 15 of those years as a school administrator. Smith has 9 years’ experience as a principal. During his tenure at Shaw Academy, the school met growth and has steadily increased its graduation rates to all-time highs.
Principal Smith says, ‘I feel honored to have been selected as the next leader of Scotland High School and to work with all staff and students through our new strategic plan. As a proud member of the Scotland County Schools community, I know how important Scotland High School is for our school system as well as our community and I am humbled and extremely proud to have such an amazing opportunity to lead such a great school.’
Mr. Smith received his undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University and is continuing with his studies at East Carolina. Mr. Smith began his administrative experience with Guilford County Schools in 2006 serving at Ben L. Smith High School and at Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro. He has also coached basketball, tennis and has been an athletic director.
Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated, “Principal Smith is well equipped to lead Scotland High School and his experiences in teaching, leadership, operations, and athletics will aid him in serving Scotland County well for years to come.”
Mr. Smith will assume his new role on August 1, 2021.
Sycamore Lane Welcomes Back Former Assistant Principal as Next Principal
Scotland County Schools is pleased to announce Mrs. Kachina Singletary as the next principal of Sycamore Lane Elementary School. Mrs. Singletary currently serves as the principal of Wagram Elementary and was previously Assistant Principal at Sycamore Lane.
‘As I enter my 23rd year in education, I am honored and humbled to become the principal at Sycamore Lane Elementary’, Singletary said. ‘I have spent the last 2 years as the principal of Wagram Elementary in a school in which I absolutely loved. However, I am looking forward to returning to Sycamore Lane Elementary, where I was once the assistant principal. I am looking forward to building relationships and creating a culture of academic success and growth with the students, parents, staff, stakeholders and the community. I am so blessed to be a part of such a strategic and student centered school district and I am excited to support the district's strategic plan and for the future of Sycamore Lane.’
Singletary’s career has largely been devoted to Scotland County Schools and the local community. She has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Prior to joining Scotland County, Singletary taught kindergarten in the Winston-Salem Forsyth Public Schools for 2 years.
Dr. LeGrand, Scotland County Schools Superintendent, shared, “Principal Singletary is a charismatic leader who possess a keen focus on the whole-child, whole school, whole community model. I am confident she will lead Sycamore Lane Elementary School to higher heights!”
Singletary will begin her role at Sycamore Lane Elementary on August 1, 2021.
New Principal at Wagram Elementary School
Scotland County Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Maxine Brigman-Brown as Principal of Wagram Elementary School. Dr. Brown comes to Scotland County from Richmond County by way of her most recent appointment as principal in Montgomery County Schools.
Dr. Brown stated, ‘I am honored to be selected as the new principal of Wagram Elementary School. I am excited about our partnership and I look forward to serving the students, faculty, and parents of Wagram Elementary School.
Dr. Brown currently serves as principal of Troy Elementary School in Troy, NC. Prior, she has been a teacher and assistant principal, serving all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high) with Richmond County Schools. Dr. Brown completed her doctoral studies at Wingate University and holds two Master of Business Administration degrees, one in Management and Finance and another in Accounting. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Gardner-Webb University.
Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated, “Dr. Brown is a proven leader who leads with compassion and get results. Her expertise in parent and community engagement, coupled with student growth and teacher support will support our district with growing greatness!”
Dr. Brown will join the district in her new role on August 1, 2021.
Scotland County Schools Names New Assistant CFO
Scotland County Schools has named Victoria Blue as the new Assistant Chief Finance Officer approved by the Board of Education during the June 28th Committee of the Whole meeting.
Blue expresses, ‘I am so grateful and thankful for this opportunity. In my time here I have had the privilege to work in many different areas of finance that will be a benefit and I look forward to serving with excellence in the new role.’
“Ms. Blue is an excellent team member and her diverse experiences in Finance, combined with her advance education and training will propel the Finance Department to greatness,” said Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand. “Her willingness to go the extra mile for all employees 100% of time is a reflection of her approach to all tasks!”
Blue has worked with the school system since 2007. She began as a Case Manager for the Career and Technical Education department and later transitioned to finance in 2015. Blue earned her associates degree in Office Systems from Richmond Community College and continued to pursue her education earning a bachelors’ in Business Administration followed by a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) both from the University of Phoenix.
Blue will assume the duties of her new role on August 1, 2021.
Wells named Communications and Public Relations Specialist
Scotland County Schools is pleased to announce the selection of David L. “Dave” Wells of Laurinburg/Scotland County as the new Communications/Public Relations Specialist. Mr. Wells has served most recently as News Director at WLNC Radio in Laurinburg. Wells is a 2010 graduate of Richmond Community College and a 2015 graduate of St. Andrews University.
Mr. Wells was quoted to say: ‘I am honored to be chosen for this position, and I will give my very best each day to serve the Scotland County Schools system and it stakeholders. In education it is imperative to have as much communication with our parents and stakeholders. It is my goal to offer the best channel for information to everyone involved.’
Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand expressed, “I am excited to have Mr. Wells to officially join the Scotland County Schools family. It is great to have such a dedicated Scot who has a passion for education and the community. Mr. Wells experience in radio, media, and consensus building will help our district soar to new heights.”
Mr. Wells will officially begin on July 1st, 2021.
SCS names new Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Scotland County Schools has named Miriam Davis as the new Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. Davis was approved for the new post during the June 7 Board of Education meeting. Davis has served the district previously as a Licensure Specialist.
‘I am excited to support Dr. LeGrand’s vision for Scotland County Schools’, Davis said. ‘I view this role as an opportunity to continue my service with Scotland County Schools and utilize my advanced degree and training to help improve student outcomes and community relations.’
Davis began her career in education as the GEAR-UP Project Coordinator with Scotland County Schools. Following that appointment, she served as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at Carver Middle School prior to her latest appointment as Licensure Specialist. Ms. Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Administration from Fayetteville State University followed by a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated, “Ms. Davis brings a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be a value-add to the Scotland County community. Her expertise in Public Administration will help to provide excellent customer service to all stakeholders and support effective, efficient operations.”
Davis will begin her new position on June 14, 2021.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
Families can now apply for the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit. This program is designed to assist students and families stay connected. The program provides discounts for service and devices: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
Broadband Benefit Beginning May 12th
In announcing the official launch date, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated:
“Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we will have a new way for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day-to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new employment opportunities.”
Beginning on May 12 households can apply in three ways:
1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
Vicki Jackson Sworn In As New BOE Member
Congratulations to our newest Board of Education member, Mrs. Vicki Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was sworn in during Monday night's regular meeting. She fills the Board seat that was open when Darrel 'BJ' Gibson left the BOE in December after he was elected to the Board of Commissioners.
Pre-K Registration 2021-22 is now OPEN!
Must be four years old by August 31st, 2021 and meet program requirements
What to bring?
Parents should bring a copy of the child’s:
- certified birth certificate
- social security card
- current immunization record
- current health assessment
- current dental screening
- proof of residence
- proof of income
March 1 - June 30, 2021
The elementary school in your attendance area:
Laurel Hill, South Johnson, Sycamore Lane, and Wagram
*Contact the elementary school in your attendance zone for more information.
Kindergarten Registration Opens April 12!
Students must be five years old by August 31st to register. Packets are available at all of our elementary schools or you can click on the links to print the registration forms here:
Completed registration packets should be returned to your child's school. In addition to the forms, you will need to bring the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of Residence
- Immunization Records
- Health Assessment Form
If you still have questions or need some additional information, click here to watch a short video from some of our district's kindergarten experts!
See Something. Say Something
Everyone is concerned about school safety. It has been, is, and will continue to be our Board and Administration's top priority for our schools to remain a safe place to learn. We have a multitude of safety measures and procedures in place in our schools and district offices, but we know that even with all the camera systems, drills, and exercises we conduct, our most valuable security system that we have on our campuses each day remains the many thousands of eyes and ears of our students and staff. We can’t stress enough how strongly we encourage anyone and everyone to say something to someone – a teacher, a counselor, an administrator, or law enforcement personnel – if they hear or see anything suspicious or ever have any concerns. Let us teach our children to always be kind. Let us do everything we can, with all that we can, to ensure that our schools and community remain safe.