Latest News & Announcements


    Successful Grants Help Sycamore Lane Media Center

    The Media Center at Sycamore Lane Elementary and Primary Schools has received several grants over the past 2 years. Media Center Specialist, Kim Brown shared some information with SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand:

    "$9,998.00...let that sink in for a moment. Almost $10,000!!!  Let me tell you about that number and what it means.
    It is huge number because of YOU. I want to brag on all of my friends, family, facebook friends, colleagues, Admin, school parents, Donors Choose, Dollar General, Walmart, and Lumbee River EMC. Since the fall of 2019, Sycamore Lane Media Center has received grants from Dollar General ($3,000), Lumbee River EMC ($2,000 x 3), and Walmart ($500). Today, I had not only 1 Donors Choose ($317) funded but because it reached funding and others still wanted to donate, I received a $100 gift card and a $20 gift card for the next project. I immediately submitted another project to add more items to our Reading Garden and that project was funded ($181) as well. That is a total of $9,998 since the Fall of 2019 for our media center at Sycamore Lane. That number does not include all the stuffed animals (Reading Buddies), books, art print, parent lending libraries, and other items that you have donated.
    So thank you, thank you for sharing my posts, thank you for always putting up with my next idea, thank YOU for changing the literacy culture of our school, thank you for making a difference in so many students' lives. That money has helped fund the following: We are in the process of creating the most amazing Reading Garden, we have created StarBUCKS cafe to motivate students to read and achieve their reading goals, we have STEM books and activities along with Makerspace items to go with those books, we have a board game check out library for parents to make memories with their children, and so much more.   I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many people that care so much about our students. "It truly does take a village." The success of receiving these grants ties directly into the 5-year Strategic Plan that is focused on the success of the "Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child Framework.
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  • Laurel Hill Student Wins Ornament Contest

    'Tis The Season in downtown Laurinburg has announced this year's Christmas Tree Decoration Contest winner. Serenity Emanuel, a third-grader at Laurel Hill Elementary submitted the winning entry. Serenity commented that her decoration was a "Christmas Gnome." As the first-place winner, Serenity will flip the switch on the community Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Church Streets for the "Christmas On Main" grand finale. Congratulations to Serenity Emanuel. Special thanks to Principal, Laura Bailey and Art Teacher, Charlene Cochran.

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  • Fighting Scots Play-Off Action

    The Fighting Scots Football team and Marching Band travel to Rocky Mount, NC to take on Northern Nash in Round 3 of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs. The kick-off is set for 7:30 pm. If you cannot travel to the game, you can hear the play-by-play action on Hometown Radio - WLNC 95.1 FM or click on Listen to Live Streaming. The pre-game show begins at 6:45 pm.
    As always...GO SCOTS
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  • SCS Assistant Principals attend specialized training classes

    This week Scotland County Schools Assistant Principals attended a day of Professional Development/Training at the A.B. Gibson Center. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Chief Accountability and Technology Officer, Dr. Michael Riles, and Chief Human resources Officer, Dr. Dannie Williams shared information that will enable the Assistant Principals to grow in their current position and prepare them for the future. A large number of principals are expected to leave the profession or retire in the next few years and finding suitable replacements may be difficult making recruitment a major challenge. The seminar is a product of the SCS 5-year Strategic Plan: " By 2023, 50% of staff will complete professional development aligned to job assignment and professional growth plan."

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  • State Representative Pierce Visits South Johnson Elementary

    On Monday, State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce paid a visit to South Johnson Elementary School in Laurinburg. The visit was part of Rep. Pierce’s tour of all schools in his Legislative District (NC House #48.) Representative Pierce walked through the new facility and expressed his gratitude to all who planned, developed, and now are working at the new facility. Staff and students met with Rep. Pierce along the tour. Rep. Pierce answered questions from staff regarding the State Budget process and retirement benefits. Students told Rep. Pierce that they were excited about the upcoming “Book Fair” at South Johnson Elementary.




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  •    Scotland County Schools Bus #289 was involved in an accident this afternoon. At the time of the accident, there were two students and two staff on board. A single-vehicle struck the bus from behind while the bus was stopped at a Railroad Crossing. Parents were notified immediately. All SCS staff and students were transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital for treatment and clearance. There were no serious injuries to any SCS students or staff. 

    The two females in the vehicle that went under the bus were between ages 14 and 19 and were leaving Scotland High School. One was airlifted and one is at Scotland Memorial Hospital. No other details are available at this time.

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  • Leadership Conferences/Training for Current and Future Principals


    Scotland County Schools Principals participated in an intense day of training on Wednesday, Nov. 10th at South Johnson Elementary. The morning and afternoon segments included workshops with the latest updates on the curriculum and legal information pertinent to the day-to-day operations of the schools. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated that these workshops are vital to the success of the system’s 5-year Strategic Plan, but more importantly to ensure the success of every student.

    On the same day, the Sandhills Regional Education Consortium (SREC) Principal Fellows Program met at the A.B. Gibson Center in Downtown. The program is designed to train future Principals. Ms. Elizabeth Spangler is a representative from Scotland County Schools. Ms. Spangler commented that the Synergy classes of the Fellows members meet as often as possible. The class was led by Dr. Emilie Simeon.

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    November/December 2021

    Board of Education and Committee of the Whole Meeting Changes

    On Monday, November 8th, Scotland County Schools Board of Education members voted to cancel the November 22nd, Committee of the Whole scheduled meeting. The Board also voted to cancel the December C.O.W. meeting that was scheduled for Monday, December 27th. There will be a regular monthly Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 13th, 2021.

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  • From the Scotland County Health Department:

    Good afternoon, 
    There has been an overwhelming interest in the Scotland County Vaccine Incentive Card Program! As of today(Nov. 9th,), this has been put on hold.  We expect to resume the distribution of incentive cards once the next order is received on or shortly after November 22nd, 2021.   
    We will post this information via social media, email, and press releases to notify the community once we begin the distribution of the incentive cards. 
    Thank you, please share in your networks! 

     Janna P. Blue

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Public Health Educator

    Scotland County Health Department

    P. O. Box 69, 1405 West Blvd.

    Laurinburg, NC 28353-0069

    Mobile: 910.758.1412

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  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)  News:

    St. Andrews University hosted the NCHOSA Leadership event here in Laurinburg and Charlotte with over 500 students on campus. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) from Scotland High School participated in a competition on Saturday, November 6th at SAU.  Jennifer Lawson and students from Carver Middle School also participated.

    Winners from Carver included:

    Health Career Preparation

    Carmen Taylor

     Dynamic Decisions

    Chloe Alford

    Taleah Alford

    Morgan Johnson

    Ebony McMillan

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  • Native Americans Visit and Perform at Scotland County Schools 

    The Kat Littleturtle Family has been and will continue to visit Scotland County Schools throughout the month of November. The programs are part of SCS observance of National Native American Month. The Littleturtle family shares stories filled with history and Indian lore from the Southeast region tribes. Locally, the Lumbee Nation is featured in the program. The group also demonstrates dance and recitals as part of the program. The schedule for the remaining performances is posted on the slide presentation at the beginning of this website.



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    Carver Middle School

    Mrs. Gates is the 2021 Bright Ideas Grant Winner!!

    The 2021 PEE DEE ELECTRIC Bright Ideas Grant has been awarded to Mrs. Catherine Gates.

    Mrs. Gates applied for the grant to fund a mobile Makerspace lab...a FabLab. The FabLab will be a mobile maker space, that teachers can use within their classrooms to incorporate hands-on learning activities which support their instruction. All subject areas can use FabLab in cross-circular problem-based learning opportunities allowing students to create, build, and modify their solutions. The goal of FabLab is to expand the number of materials, tools, and equipment available to teachers to inspire and encourage student creativity.

    Congratulations, Mrs. Gates, and thank you for all you're doing for Carver Middle School! Innovative thinking and how we reach new levels to better educate our students is a vital part of the Scotland County Schools 5-year Strategic Plan.

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  • Notices from SCS Exceptional Children Services - For Grades K-12 SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

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  •  Notices from SCS Exceptional Children Services - For PRE-SCHOOL SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

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    Fighting Scots Marching Band Successful at Northwest Guilford Competition

    The Fighting Scots Marching Band ended their competition season on a “high note!” On Saturday, Oct. 30th. The Band and Color Guard came away with the following awards:

    1st Place Drum Major, 1st Place Color Guard, 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Marching, 1st Place General Effects, 1st Place Musical Performance, and 1st Place Overall with a Superior rating.

    As noted this was the last competition for this season. The Band will be performing for the State Playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5th at Southern Durham and any future playoff games. Band Director, Britton Goodwin stated: “These students have practiced their hearts out and are well deserving of the awards for their achievements. I am extremely proud of every member of The Fighting Scots Marching Band and Color Guard.”

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  • NC Department Of Instruction (NCDPI) Officials And Local Officials Attend Senior Night At Pate Stadium

    Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand welcomed some honored guests to the Scotland –v- Richmond football game on Friday night. Staff Members Freebird McKinney, Jessica Swencki and Julie Pittman from the North Carolina Department of Instruction, Richmond County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Maples RCS Board Member, Wiley Mabe, State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce, Scotland County Schools Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary, Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, and Board Member Herman Tyson. The group joined other members of the Central Office Executive Team and Staff members for a Pre-Game tailgate party before the Seniors Night football game and Halftime Show with the Fighting Scots Marching Band.




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    Highway 74 East Billboard recognizes SCS Leaders

    The digital billboard on Highway 74 East is now displaying images of our 2021 Principal Of The Year, Ms. LaTonya McLean from South Johnson Elementary School, 2021 Assistant Principal Of The Year, Ms. Jennifer Carter from Sycamore Lane Primary School, and Ms. Gabrienne McBride, our 2021 Teacher Of The Year from Wagram Elementary School. Check these out as you return from Laurel Hill or points West. The billboard is located near the Dollar General Store.

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    Local Knights of Columbus Deliver Coats

    Nearly 100 new Winter coats were delivered to the Central Office this week. The local chapter of the Knights of Columbus raised money to purchase the coats that will go to Scotland County Schools students who may not otherwise have a winter coat. Support Services Executive Director, Jamie Synan accepted the coats on behalf of SCS. Mr. Dan Emmi, Mr. Bill Rabon, and Mr. Doug Bowen represented the Knights of Columbus.

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  • Seniors Honored At Pate Stadium

    Fighting Scots Senior Cheerleaders, Football Players, Band and Color Guard members were honored on Friday night.  Seniors were introduced and led onto the field at Pate Stadium along with their parents, family, and friends. Senior night is a celebration in the world of high school sports. It always has been. A rivalry game with neighboring Richmond County added to the excitement.  For the Seniors, it was the spotlight for the last home game of their high school careers.

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    Fight Scots Marching Band News:

     Since the end of September, The Fighting Scots Marching Band has been very busy. The Scots have traveled to 3 competitions - Cleveland High School, Southview High School, and Gray's Creek High School where it has received consistent ratings of “Superior.” The Color Guard also received a 1st Place finish. The band also received the “Spirit Award” competing against all bands in attendance at Gray's Creek High School.

    Fighting Scots Marching Band Director, Britton Goodwin stated:

    “I’m always proud of our students, not just for their superb performances, but for their high level of “team spirit” during difficult times. The pandemic put so many events on ice, and now that our Band members are practicing on the field together again you just feel that comradery. The excitement is at practice, that carries over to the games, and certainly transfers into our competitions as the awards will confirm. So yes, I’m extremely proud of our Fighting Scots Marching Band.”  
    The Fighting Scots Marching Band will attend their final competition on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Northwest Guilford High School.

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    Homecoming 2021 Parade and Festivities

    Laurinburg and Scotland County residents lined West Church and Main Streets through Downtown Laurinburg on Friday, October 15th. The event was the return of the annual Scotland High School Homecoming Parade.  Last year’s parade was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year those along the parade route practiced social distancing and parade participants wore their masks. It was an exciting afternoon for all in attendance. The Activity Club floats were judged by: Dr. Maxine Brown, Principal, Wagram Elementary School, Ms. Nicole Sinclair, Executive Director, Exceptional Children Services (SCS,) and Scotland County Schools Board of Education Member, Mr. Herman Tyson.

    The Top 3 floats were announced at half-time of the Scotland –v- Pinecrest football game:

    First Place – The BETA Club

    Second Place – The FFA Club

    Third Place – The Anchor Club

    During the Parade and just before the football game, all Activity Clubs passed out fliers inviting everyone to participate in the online Parents Academy Survey. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand praised the efforts of the club members and thanked everyone for participating in this year’s survey.

    The Homecoming Court was presented at halftime. Scotland High School students had cast their votes earlier during School Spirit Week. The 2021 Homecoming Queen is – Darasia Williams, and the 2021 Homecoming King is – James Watts. Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Homecoming festivities!

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    Information from The Scotland County Health Department

     We are excited about National Health Education Week! 

    #NHEW2021 Do you have questions about Facing New Challenges after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic? School staff and students have returned to school this fall for the 2021-2022 school year. Our health educators are happy to provide information to help our community face these new challenges. Follow us this week for more about Public Health Education and other helpful tips!

    For more information, go to The Scotland County Health Department Facebook page or call (910) 277-2440.

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    Free College Application Week 

    October 18th - October 22nd 

    Join live online help sessions for students and parents to help assist with this process. 

    Go to:

    or contact College Central at 276 7370.

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    Homecoming 2021 Parade and Football

    On Friday, October 15th – “Homecoming 2021” will be celebrated.  This year’s Parade will begin at 4 pm. The Parade will originate on King Street next to Presbyterian Park. Turning onto Church Street (heading East,) the parade will proceed to Main Street, (heading North,) and end on Railroad Street.  The Student Activity clubs from Scotland High School will be decorating floats that will be judged. This year’s judges are Dr. Maxine Brown, Principal, Wagram Elementary School, Scotland County Schools Board of Education Member, Mr. Herman Tyson, and Ms. Nicole Sinclair, Executive Director, SCS Exceptional Children Services.  The winners will be announced at halftime of the Scotland –v- Pinecrest football game.  The game begins at 7:30 pm.

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    Dr. LeGrand interviewed by Tar Heel Teachers


    Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand was a recent guest on the talk-show "Tar Heel Teachers." Moderator, Marlowe Artis interviewed Dr. LeGrand on a variety of topics including details on the 5-year Strategic Plan for Scotland County Schools. To watch the video, click on the link below:

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    Sycamore Lane Schools and Scotia Village Continue Partnership

    For many years the residents and staff of the Scotia Village Retirement Center in Laurinburg have partnered with Sycamore Lane Elementary School. The Spiritual and Community Outreach Committee of Scotia Village has collected school supplies, clothing, and donated money for the students. The COVID-19 pandemic has not made the partnership easy according to Scotia Village Resident Services Coordinator, Myra Bartell. “For several months COVID-19 hampered contact between residents and students, but the partnership remained strong.” In previous years the school has received clothing and supplies from the Scotia residents. Ms. Bartell pointed out that this year the committee decided to “adopt a class” with a $100.00 donation for supplies as of Friday, October 1st the first donation of $2,400.00 was made along with 881 pairs of new socks. Principals Ms. Kachina Singletary and Dr. Elisabeth Harrell accepted the donations and both expressed their sincere gratitude to the committee members who made the trip over to the school. Although no students were in the building, Media Specialist, Kim Brown commented on how great it was to see the residents at Sycamore Lane Schools again. Ms. Brown added: “The partnership began with Sycamore Lane Elementary when we were a K-5 school, and now continues with Sycamore Primary in the partnership. Our students in the past have visited Scotia Village for Valentine dances, Bingo, and many other activities. Hopefully soon we can visit them again to extend this great partnership.”

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    September Committee of the Whole Recognitions


    The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration held their monthly Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, September 27th.  During the “Recognitions” section, Scotland High School Band Director, and 2020 Teacher of the Year recipient, Mr. Britton Goodwin was recognized. The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Inc. (NCCAT), has selected Mr. Britton Goodwin as the Scotland County Honored Educator Scholar for 2020-2021. This scholarship honors the Scotland County Teacher of the Year and the commitment of Scotland County Schools to its teachers. 


    Laurel Hill Elementary Teacher Assistant, Ms. Anita Chavis was announced as the September “Key Player” Award winner. Ms. Chavis was nominated in a letter by her Principal, Ms. Laura Bailey. A segment from the letter stated:

    Mrs. Chavis is the epitome of a team player. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and constantly takes initiative to do things that will help ensure success for our students. If she sees something that needs to be done, she just does it. If she is asked to do something, she always graciously agrees and completes the task with a smile on her face and a cheerful disposition. She is a true asset to our team and a valued member of the Laurel Hill family.

    Ms. Chavis received a plaque and a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card donated by an anonymous party.


    After the award presentations, Laurel Hill Elementary Principal, Ms. Laura Bailey updated Board members on plans that she and the staff have implemented for a common goal- that every student will have a successful year, and will excel to their full potential. Ms. Bailey detailed a plan for core instruction which includes a support system along with mapping the student’s data monthly, and monthly child studies to help determine the individual student needs.


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    SCS represented at Scotland County Civic League meeting

    The Scotland County Civic League hosted a community Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 28th.  SCCL President, Rev. Darryl “B.J.” Gibson served as moderator for the meeting. Virtual attendees heard updates from State Representative, Rev./Dr. Garland Pierce, Scotland County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair, Betty Ghoulston, City of Laurinburg Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilmember, Mary Evans and Scotland County Schools Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary. After the updates, President Gibson asked for comments from Scotland County NAACP President, Herman Tyson, Scotland County Health Department Director, Dr. Elisha Caldwell and Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand.

    During the meeting each representative fielded questions from the audience. The primary questions for Board Chair Singletary and Dr. LeGrand centered on COVID-19 protocols and requirements for Remote Learning. Board Chair Singletary informed the audience that Scotland County Schools follows guidelines from the Scotland County Health Department and the requirements from the North Carolina Department of Instruction. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda Legrand also commended Scotland County Health Department Director, Dr. Elisha Caldwell for the leadership that he and his staff provide to the school system on a daily basis. Both Board Chair, Singletary and Dr. LeGrand assured the audience that safety of students, families, teachers, and staff are the top priority.

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    Contact: David L. (Dave) Wells

    Communications/Public Relations Specialist

    Scotland County Schools



    The Scotland High School Football team has a cluster outbreak of COVID-19. Although five students are under quarantine and the team may continue their activity, the Athletic Leadership at Scotland County schools has decided to suspend practice and games for the next ten days.  This would include cancellation of Friday, October 1st game versus Union Pines. Players will be provided at home activities to keep them fit during the break. A call from Scotland High School Principal, Mr. Brent Smith went out to SHS students and their families earlier this evening. We will post more information as it becomes available on our website, social media pages and local media.

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    Incoming Chief Academic Officer Addresses the Board of Education

    During Monday night’s Scotland County Schools Board Committee of the Whole meeting, Board members (and others in attendance,) heard a presentation from incoming Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith.  Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand “officially” introduced Dr. Bankhead-Smith to the Board, then asked Dr. Bankhead-Smith to share her research on the Scotland County Schools demographics and statistics. During the 10-minute presentation Dr. Bankhead-Smith shared both the System’s strengths and opportunities for growth. As a curriculum leader in Science, Healthful Living and Physical Education, Dr. Bankhead-Smith has worked closely with teachers, administrators and community leaders to ensure the success of the content areas she led. As part of the presentation Dr. Bankhead-Smith pledged support from the Curriculum and Instruction Department for all Teachers. She explained that when Teachers feel that support, it allows them to excel and thus strengthens the teaching cycle with the students. Board of Education Chair, Mr. Rick Singletary commented: “It is refreshing to hear from someone who has put as much research into their position, before they begin working. It appears that Dr. Bankhead-Smith is ready to hit the ground running.”

    Dr. Bankhead Smith added: “I am eager to join the work in progress here in the Scotland County Schools System, and work for the common goals of our 5-year Strategic Plan.”

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  • Recently in Scotland County Schools….

    Scotland High Fighting Scots Marching Band:

    In their first competition since 2019, the Fighting Scots Marching Band performed in a competition, last week at Cleveland High School (Clayton, NC.) The Fighting Scots earned a pair of first-place honors — in Color Guard and Music Individual Performance - and second place overall in Class 4-A.

    The next competition will be on Saturday, Oct. 9, at South View High in Hope Mills, then another on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Gray’s Creek High and, on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Fighting Scots will host its annual “Highland Celebration” competition. Congratulations to The Fighting Scots Marching Band. As always…GO SCOTS!!!


    Family Night at Sycamore Lane Primary School:

    The Administration, Faculty and Staff at Sycamore Lane Primary School welcomed students and their families to a “Family Night” event. The event was on Thursday, September 23rd.  Students and their families participated in learning, movement, musical, artistic, and social activities. Principal, Dr. Elisabeth Harrell thanked the entire staff for their efforts in making the night a success for the students and their families. Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and newly appointed Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith participated in the activities. Dr. Bankhead-Smith will officially start on Wednesday, October 13th.




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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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  • 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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  • SCS Selects Bankhead-Smith as Chief Academic Officer


    The Scotland County School district welcomes a new hire, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith as Chief Academic Officer.

    Dr. Bankhead-Smith joins Scotland County School's after serving as science teacher, STEM educator, curriculum specialist and FoodCorps service member supervisor. Mildred has taught elementary, middle grades and high school science.  As a FoodCorps service member supervisor, Mildred supported service members with the implementation of gardens in school's and healthy food choices for students. The students and teachers were taught the connections about how gardens supported science education and healthy living.  As a curriculum leader Mildred oversaw Science, Healthful Living and Physical Education. She worked closely with teachers, administrators and community leaders to ensure the success of the content areas she led.  Dr. Bankhead-Smith earned a bachelor's in science, master's in Education and Doctorate in education degrees.  She is an experienced educator with 20 years of total service in Florida and North Carolina Public School's. She is Kenan  Fellow and her project focused on an integrated course learning community.

    Dr. Bankhead Smith said,  “ I am eager and honored to join the work in progress in Scotland County and looking forward to supporting teachers and leaders.”

    Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand said, " Dr. Bankhead-Smith is a value-add to Scotland County Schools and will serve us well with implementing and supporting our strategic priorities in the areas of STEM, Arts, MTSS Frameworks, High Quality Professional Development  and Professional Learning Communities."


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  • 2021 Open House Memories.....

    The photos in the following slideshow were donated by CJ Photography of Laurinburg:

    The photos are from our Scotland County Schools/Central Office Open House on Saturday, August 28th during the Downtown Laurinburg Funfest. Around 400 vistors stopped by for free Kona Ice snow cones, free pictures, free books, and information on the SCS 5-year Strategic Plan. 

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  • Loyal Scots Fan Treats Central Office To Lunch

    On Tuesday, September 7th, The Central Office of Scotland County Schools was treated to a Pizza Lunch by Mr. Ryan Spangler. Mr. Spangler is a Scotland High School Grad, and stated..."as the Number One Fan of The Fighting Scots, I wanted to do something special for the Central Office staff." Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand thanked Mr. Spangler for his generosity. Dr. LeGrand commented: "Mr. Spangler's kind act today exemplifies the true spirit of a Fighting Scot, and our community!"



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  •  Varsity Football -SCHEDULE CHANGE:

    Please note and make the change that homecoming this year will be October 15th vs. Pinecrest.
     David Johnson, Ed.S.

    Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

    Scotland County Schools

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  • Important Message:

    Attention - All Scotland County Schools Students, Parents, and Families:

    As students are returning to classes after a holiday weekend, we are asking for your help to slow or stop the spread of the COVID-19 variants throughout our system. If your child has symptoms or has been recently exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them at home and consult your medical provider or the County Health Department for more information. We appreciate your cooperation, as we try our best to protect all students, staff members and their families from the pandemic. Thank you again. Be safe and stay well.

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  • Congratulations!!!

    Scotland County Health Department Director, Elisha Caldwell has successfully defended his dissertation this week. Scotland County Schools would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Elisha Caldwell on attaining his Doctorate degree.

    SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand commented that Dr. Caldwell and the entire staff at the Scotland County Health Department have worked diligently in providing the latest COVID-19 and other pertinent health information to the school system. Again, congratulations – Dr. Elisha Caldwell.

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  •  Stay Informed !!!

    Daily Positive Cases Dashboard


    This is the website to the Scotland County Health Department. On their page they have a link to their Facebook page that shows their weekly numbers.


    This is the website for Scotland Memorial Hospital that reports their numbers from the hospital.


    This is the link to the CDC site that gives tips on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.

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    SEarCH Recognizes Key Players

    Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH) Principal, Ms. Kesha Hood, recognized “Key Players,” Mrs. Sheila Goins and Mr. James Hardin during the August 23rd Committee Of the Whole meeting held at the A.B. Gibson Center. Both Goins and Hardin received plaques and a $50.00 gift card for their recognized service. (L. Picture- Principal Kesha Hood, Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, Mrs. Sheila Goins, Supt. Dr. Takeda LeGrand.  R. Picture- Principal Kesha Hood, Board Member, Vicki Jackson, Mr. James Hardin, Supt. Dr. Takeda LeGrand.)


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  • South Johnson Elementary Honors Educators Johnson and Gilmore

    On Monday, August 23rd, 2021 South Johnson Elementary School hosted a portrait unveiling of two educational leaders from SCS history. The portraits of Mr. Isaac Ellis Johnson and Mr. Walter Gilmore will now be proudly displayed in the foyer at South Johnson Elementary. Previously, both portraits were displayed at I. E. Johnson Elementary and South Scotland Elementary. The family of Mr. Walter Gilmore was in attendance, along with SCS School Board of Education Members (Chair-Rick Singletary, Vice-Chair Dr. Carolyn Banks, Board Members-Raymond Hyatt, Vicki Jackson, Herman Tyson, and Tony Spaulding), Representative Garland Pierce, Commissioner BJ Gibson, and several members of the community. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and Principal LaTonya McLean welcomed everyone to the event and paid homage to the history and legacy of both men. Mr. Gilmore’s Daughter-Cheryl Merritt gave remarks on behalf of her family and Ms. Annette Reid gave remarks on behalf of Mr. Johnson’s family.



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    Scotland County Traditional Schools Begin The “New Year”

    It was back to school for many Scotland County Schools students this week. On Monday, August 23rd Administrators, Teachers, and Staff welcomed students and began classes for the 2021-2022 school year. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand made stops at each school. Dr. LeGrand greeted students who shared with her their Summer experiences. Students also shared their goals for the year. Dr. LeGrand assured the students that their safety and well-being is a top priority with her. She also assured the students that the best tools for a quality education would be made available to every SCS student.




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  • Richmond CC Job Fair

    Richmond Community College’s Career and Transfer Center will be holding a $15 Per Hour & Beyond Job Fair Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, which is located at 1042 W. Hamlet Ave., Hamlet, NC 28345.

    This job fair is offered in partnership with the NCWorks Career Center. To increase awareness of good paying jobs in the region, this job fair has set the minimum threshold to $15 or more per hour.

    To participate, employers must offer or have available at least one position paying $15 or more per hour. (Please note, this does not limit you to advertising lower paying jobs.) There is no cost for employers to participate. Lunch will not be provided, but snacks and drinks will be offered to employers. To join the job fair, employers can register at the following link:

    There is no costs to employers or job seekers for this event!

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  • Mask Mandate Continues

    During the August 23rd Scotland County Schools Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting, Board members voted to continue a mask mandate through September 30th, 2021. The Board will continue to review the policy on a month-to-month basis.  The policy states that masks must be worn by anyone inside a SCS building. This would include students, parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and visitors.

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  • From our friends at Scotland Healthcare:

    Scotland Health Care Systems’ drive-thru COVID vaccination clinic will return to campus on Monday August 23rd.  To schedule an appointment you may call 910-291-7654 between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm.

     Scotland Occupational Health will be offering client COVID testing beginning Monday August 23rd through our drive-thru clinic as well.  If you would like to make an appointment, please call TaHari at 910-291-7680.  With COVID cases increasing, we will also offer Return to Work Covid clearances to clients and employees. 

     These hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm.

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  • United Way of Scotland County Recognizes SCS

    During the August 9th Scotland County Schools Board of Education meeting, The United Way of Scotland County recognized the School System for its support of the 2020 United Way Campaign.  UWSC Executive Director, Coy Moody and UWSC President, Kim Liles presented Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand plaques of appreciation to:Scotland County Schools, Shaw Academy, Sycamore Lane Elementary and Laurel Hill Elementary. Ms. Moody thanked all members of the Scotland County School System for their generosity and vital support for the many agencies throughout the County supported by the United Way. In turn, many of these agencies offer assistance to SCS students and their families.

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  • SEarCH Welcomes Student Back for 2021-2022

    The Scotland Early College High School welcomed students back on Monday, August 9th. Principal Kesha Hood told students how excited she was to have students back on a daily basis, and that she has great expectations for the coming year. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand paid a special visit on Monday morning. Dr. LeGrand spoke one-on-one with several students asking about their expectations for the year, and offering her pledge to the student body that Scotland County Schools is committed to each and every student’s success.


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  • Shots/Immunization Information

    All Pre K and Kindergarteners require both immunizations physicals, 7th graders require 2 immunizations-Meningococcal and tdap, 12th graders require a second meningococcal vaccine by the 30th calendar day after school begins. If records are not received by the 30th calendar day of school starting student will be excluded.

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  • 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

    Rachel G. Burris Ed.D
    Director of Beginning Teacher Support and Licensure   
    Scotland County Schools
    (910) 276-1138 ext. 306 

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  • Pre-K Registration 2021-22 is now OPEN!

    Pre-K Registration


    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.



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  • Kindergarten Registration Opens April 12!

    Kindergarten Registration

    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:

    Click here for the Health Assessment Form

    Click here for the Statement of Residency Form

    Click here for the Student Enrollment Form

    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!



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  • See Something


    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. 


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