Highlights from 2012 for RCS

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 07:20 AM

FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County School system had several big stories in 2012.

RCS Superintendent Janet Mason said the administrators and teachers have continued to strive for excellence throughout the year.

“As a district, we are fortunate to have excellent teachers and administrators who work with our students each day,” Mason said.

Highlights for personnel included:

-Brad Teague, principal of East Rutherford High School, was not only the Region 8 Principal of the Year, but was also selected for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Award for North Carolina Principal of the Year.

- Jill Francis of Chase High School was selected as the Region 8 Teacher of the Year and will now compete for the North Carolina 2013-14 Teacher of the Year competition.

- Neil Higgins, principal of Sunshine Elementary School, was named Rutherford County Schools Principal of the Year.

Rutherford County Schools also achieved many accomplishments as a school system:

-Rutherford County Schools was selected as one of the ten North Carolina Innovator in Digital Leaning Awards given by the Governor and the State Board of Education.

“Excellent teachers and administrators were also a key component in Rutherford County Schools’ recent selection for one of the ten North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning Awards given by the Governor and the State Board of Education,” Mason said. “Our district was honored at a reception at the governor’s mansion and at the Department of Public Instruction on December 5, 2012. We look forward to continuing to lead in digital innovation in the classroom and to a visit from our NC State Superintendent, Dr. June Atkinson, in February to further highlight this achievement.”

- The expansion of the McNair Foundation to R-S Central High School will replicate all programs currently in place at East Rutherford and Chase High Schools, including the ROPE scholarships over the next four years.

“The Board of Education and I are grateful for the opportunities and services that will be provided to our students through the McNair Foundation,” Mason said. “Our continued partnership with the McNair Foundation allows us to provide services to our students that would not be available otherwise.”

- In December, a team of RCS educators visited the Ron Clark Academy to further their understanding of his innovative teaching methods.

“We had an excellent opening to the school year with Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Our teachers and support staff have worked hard in this first year of implementation of the Common Core and Essential Standards. We believe this implementation will strengthen our curriculum,” Mason said.

-Rutherford Early College High School was recognized as an Honor School of Excellence and for being 1 of 28 NC high schools with a 100 percent graduation rate. It is also one of nine NC schools nominated for a 2013 National Blue Ribbon award.

- The system’s Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2012-2013 school year. This national award recognizes exemplary learning environments that exhibit best practices in visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment.

In 2013, the system plans to continue with their technology focus by increasing tools in the elementary schools. They will also continue to work on increasing the graduation rate.

“We were pleased to see an increase in our graduation rate this year. We anticipate continued improvement toward decreasing the dropout rate and raising the graduation rate,” Mason said.