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Scotland County Board of Education
Monday, May 10, 2021
The Scotland County Board of Education Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the A. B. Gibson Education Center, 322 Main Street, Laurinburg.
The meeting will be open to the public but with limited seating in order to honor social distancing requirements related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Scotland County Board of Education
Monday, May 10, 2021
The Scotland County Board of Education will meet in regular session on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the A. B. Gibson Education Center, 322 Main Street, Laurinburg. There will be a closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and having consultation with the attorney as allowed under G. S. 143-318.11 (a) (3), and 143-318.11 (a) (6).
The meeting will be open to the public but with limited seating in order to honor social distancing requirements related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The meeting will also be livestreamed to the public as well. Click on the link below to view:
If a member of the public is unable to join the meeting in person or view the meeting as it is airing live, they will still be able to click on the link and watch the recording at the conclusion of the meeting. Please contact Miriam Davis at 910-277-4459, extension 306, with questions about how to access the meeting.
Financial Aid Days
Richmond Community College is having two financial aid assistance days to help individuals and families with applying through FAFSA and scholarships. You do not have to be a student or have applied to RichmondCC to receive assistance.
May 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hamlet Campus
May 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scotland County Campus
Information about Financial Aid Day:
Unlock the Mystery of Applying for Financial Aid. Dedicated staff will assist you with understanding and applying for financial aid. Having the following information and forms on-hand will help you fill out the 2021-2022 FAFSA:
- Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
- Your driver’s license (if any)
- W-2 Forms from two years prior (2019) and other records of any money earned
- Your (and/or your parents’) Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior — IRS Form 1040.
- Any untaxed income records for two years prior (2018) — e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received in 2019
- Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs in 2019
- Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in your or your parents’ 2019 adjusted gross income (AGI)
- Any current bank statements
- Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds and other investment records
- Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen, if applicable
This is a FREE event. For more information, go to https://richmondcc.edu/admissions/financial-aid
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
Williams Named New Chief Human Resources Officer
At the April 26 meeting, the members of the Scotland County Board of Education announced Dr. Dannie T. Williams as the new Chief Human Resources Officer. Dr. Williams will begin his role June 1.
Dr. Williams is a Franklin County native and currently serves as Chief Operations Officer with the Orange County School district.
Dr. Williams stated, “I am very appreciative and excited to use my experiences to support the Scotland County School system and make contributions to the enhancement and success of the district.”
Prior to working in Orange County, Dr. Williams served in the role of Administration in the following counties; Franklin, Lenoir, Hertford, Edgecombe and Nash. He also served as an educational paraprofessional in Franklin county as a bus driver and teacher assistant. Dr. Williams served as an elected official for three terms as a School Board Member At-Large in Franklin County.
Dr. Williams holds his Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University, his Master’s, Specialist and Doctorate degrees from the School of Education at NC State University.
Dr. Takeda LeGrand, superintendent said, “Dr. Williams’ experience in human resources, teacher recruitment and retention, leadership development, and community engagement will be instrumental to the future success of Scotland County Schools.”
SCS selects new Chief Academic Officer
The Scotland County School Board has approved Mrs. Sandra Noel as the district’s Chief Academic Officer.
Mrs. Noel has worked the last 19 years in education serving in a variety of roles including teacher, district curriculum specialist, academic facilitator, as well as a school administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
When reflecting on her time in education, Noel says, “I believe that every child deserves a quality education that will help them to realize their dreams. It is because of this belief that I have devoted my life to education and excited to join the great work of Scotland County Schools.”
Mrs. Noel has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an education specialist degree (Ed. S.) from Gardner-Webb University and completing her doctoral studies (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership.
Noel has worked in Union County Public Schools, where she served as a teacher and curriculum specialist. Her most recent appointment in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where she serves as a school administrator and has been a teacher and academic facilitator in the district as well.
Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated, “I am confident in the many strengths Mrs. Noel will bring to Scotland County Schools and her ability to plan, execute, and support principals and teachers with daily school improvement efforts will be a value-add to our team.”
Noel will begin her assignment June 1.
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.
Bridge to CollegeA group of Scotland High School alums are working to provide high school students from Scotland County a week-long experience of college life through the Scotland County Bridge to College Experience.In an effort to gauge interest so that they can effectively plan, they need to know if the interest exists. Additionally, they are seeking sponsors to partner with them in the effort to ensure all expenses are paid for each scholar who desires to participate.The endeavor of this experience is to grant students from our community exposure to college life with hopes of igniting a desire and interest for students to attend college.Please email Reverend Darrel 'BJ' Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him before Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to simply share interest. Please include the student's name, grade, phone number for a parent, and email address.Those interested in being a sponsor are asked to also contact Rev.Gibson as soon as possible with your name and contact information.
Board of Education Approves Plan A
At the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, March 22, the Scotland County Schools Board of Education approved Plan A as an in-person learning option for all students (PreK-13). Accordingly, all parents have until March 30th to choose from one of the following learning options beginning April 12th until the end of the school year:
- Plan A - Four days of in-person learning, four days per week ( Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) with Wednesday serving as a remote learning day.
- Plan C - 100% online instruction for the remainder of the school year.
Parents who select Plan C must remain on Plan C for the remainder of this school year. Parents who select Plan A may participate in Plan A for the remainder of the school year OR switch one time and go to Plan C for the remainder of the school year.
Schools will be reaching out to families to collect updated responses for all students in preparation to return to school under Plan A on Monday, April 12th.
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.