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Topsail High announces AD, Baseball Coach

posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:21 AM by Miranda Ferguson

Topsail High School is excited to announce two new staff members who are joining the Pirate family.

Mr. Jeffrey Fipps, who is currently serving as the Director of Athletics and Driver Education for Robeson County Schools, has been named Athletic Director at Topsail High School. Mr. Fipps brings 27 years of teaching and coaching experience to the position.

Nicholas Raynor will also be joining the Pirates in 2018-19 and will serve as the baseball coach. Coach Raynor is a Topsail High School graduate. He attended Rockingham Community College, where he played baseball and earned an associate’s degree. Raynor then transferred to Elizabeth City State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and also played baseball. Coach Raynor brings 11 years of teaching experience and 15 years of coaching experience to Topsail High.
Jeffrey Fipps

Nicholas Raynor



PCS Board of Education to hold special meeting for appointment of District Four Board Member

posted Jul 18, 2018, 4:46 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 4:46 AM ]

PCS Board of Education to hold special meeting for appointment of District Four Board Member


PENDER COUNTY -- The Pender County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, for the purpose of appointing a board member to fill the District Four seat, recently made vacant by the passing of Ms. Katherine Herring.


The Board will vote on the appointment of Mr. Kenneth Keith to fill the position through November, after which the seat will be filled by the school board candidate who receives the most votes in the election.


Mr. Keith is a long-time Pender County resident. He began his career as a family court counselor in the Fifth Judicial District, where he served for 16 years before starting the first alternative program in Pender County Schools in 1989. He later served as an assistant principal at Pender High and Topsail High.


“Ms. Katherine Herring was on the Board a long time; I can’t say that I can replace her,” Mr. Keith said. “I will give my best effort to fill out the term to the best of my ability putting children first.”


Ms. Herring represented District Four on the Pender County Board of Education for 28 years. During her tenure on the Board of Education, she served in numerous leadership roles including Chair and Vice-Chair. Within the community she was also known for her for work as a pastor, author, and volunteer.



Pender County Schools announces principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle

posted Jul 12, 2018, 9:25 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 9:25 AM ]

Pender County Schools announces principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle

Pender County Schools is excited to announce the following principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle:


Burgaw Elementary

Stephen Buchanan, current student services coordinator for Pender County Schools, has been named principal of Burgaw Elementary. Mr. Buchanan brings 22 years of experience to BES, having also served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was recognized as Pender County Schools Principal of the Year in 2012. Mr. Buchanan obtained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“I’m looking forward to building upon relationships with the community and working with staff and students to help Burgaw Elementary reach its fullest potential,” Mr. Buchanan said.







Burgaw Middle
Jeffrey Swanson, currently an Assistant Principal at Heide Trask High School, has been named principal of Burgaw Middle School. Mr. Swanson brings 18 years of experience to BMS, having served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and assistant principal. Mr. Swanson earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

“I’m excited to bring my high school experience to the middle school level,” Mr. Swanson said. “Serving as a high school administrator for the past several years has provided me with the opportunity to understand and recognize the skills students need to learn in middle school in order to ensure success at the high school level.”



Pender County Schools announces high school principal appointments

posted Jul 9, 2018, 7:55 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

Pender County Schools announces high school principal appointments

Pender County Schools announces the following high school principal appointments for the 2018-19 school year:

Pender High School
Ms. Caroline Godwin, currently principal of Burgaw Middle School, has been named principal of Pender High School. Ms. Godwin brings more than 16 years of experience to the Patriots, having served as an educator for 13 years in North Carolina and an administrator for more than three years in Pender County Schools. Ms. Godwin, who was recently named Pender County’s 2018-19 Principal of the Year, achieved a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

“It is with great pride and dedication that I join the Patriot family,” Ms. Godwin said. “I pledge to remain committed to increased academic excellence and ensuring our students are best prepared and aligned for college and career success.”



Topsail High School
Mr. Chris Madden, currently serving as principal of Pender High School, will assume the role as principal of Topsail High School. Mr. Madden is a familiar face to Topsail High, having served as an assistant principal at THS several years ago. Mr. Madden brings approximately 15 years of experience to the position, much of which has been with Pender County Schools. He is currently working towards a doctorate in education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

"I am excited for the opportunity to serve as principal of Topsail High School and build upon its academic success,” Mr. Madden said. “I am very fortunate to have had the experience of serving as principal at schools across the district, including at Pender High School for the past three years. Working with the students, staff, and community of Pender High School has been an invaluable experience that I will always treasure. I look forward to building these relationships with the Topsail community."


Heide Trask High School
Mr. Michael Taylor will be assuming the role as principal at Heide Trask High School. Mr. Taylor is currently an executive director with Johnston County Schools. He has worked in education since 1995, serving as a traffic/security operative, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and executive director. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Taylor was a U.S. Marine for six years. He achieved his education specialist degree from North Carolina State University.

“I greatly appreciate the PCS Board and Dr. Hill’s invitation to join the PCS family,” Mr. Taylor said. “I have the utmost gratitude for the privilege before me to serve as Heide Trask High principal. I have an undying passion for serving our young people and I am deeply committed to a brighter future for the greater good. I have led a life of service and I look forward to continuing that while collaborating with all stakeholders as we embark on the 2018-2019 school year to ensure our school reaches the greatest heights possible.”


PCS Board Member Ms. Katherine Herring passes away

posted Jul 9, 2018, 5:23 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 8:35 AM ]

It is with a heavy heart that the Pender County Board of Education shares the passing of Rev. Dr. Ms. Katherine Herring, a long-standing member of the Pender County Board of Education. Ms. Herring passed away on Thursday, July 5; she served on the Board for 28 years, making her one of the longest-serving elected officials in Pender County. During her tenure on the Board of Education, she served in numerous leadership roles including Chair and Vice-Chair. Within the community she was also known for her for work as a pastor, author, and volunteer.


Ms. Herring was a woman of deep faith, and it was that faith that led her to advocate for equality, equity, and fairness for the students, families, and community members of Pender County. She was known for her quiet demeanor but relentless energy, dedication, and determination. During her tenure as a Board Member, she was focused on enhancing opportunities for all students. Her hard work assisted in raising over $200 million for school construction and greatly improving student achievement, while enrollment nearly doubled.


Ms. Herring will be greatly missed by the entire community. Her legacy will inspire educators and students for years to come, and her generosity will remain in the hearts of the Pender County citizens forever. The Pender County Board of Education extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Katherine Herring.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the gymnasium at Pender High School. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 at Dunn Funeral Home, 810 West Wilmington Street, in Burgaw, NC.


--Kenneth Lanier
Chair
Pender County Board of Education

Library Bridge brings digital resources to students’ fingertips

posted Jul 3, 2018, 10:46 AM by Miranda Ferguson

Library Bridge brings digital resources to students’ fingertips

PENDER COUNTY -- The Pender County Public Library and Pender County Schools recently teamed up to launch Library Bridge, a partnership that allows all Pender County Schools students have free access to the library’s digital resources with the username and password supplied by their homeroom teacher.

Since launching the Library Bridge initiative in December 2017, usage of the public library’s digital resources has increased greatly. In April 2018, the Pender County Public Library saw use of E-iNC and NC Kids digital resources increase to 9,165 digital downloads. In the same month, 195 students utilized live tutoring services through Tutor.com, another service offered digitally by the library. During the month of November 2017 -- prior to the launch of Library Bridge -- digital downloads from E-iNC and NC kids totaled 1,913 and utilization of Tutor.com was minimal.

“The Library Bridge has become a standard resource for many classroom teachers, media specialists, and after school staff in Pender County Schools,” said Dr. Beth Metcalf, Executive Director for K-12 Instructional Data Support and Elementary Education. “The tremendous usage data and national recognition certainly speak volumes. It is a welcome addition to the extensive resources needed for students to have daily on-demand access to quality texts and live tutoring. Through the development of a strong partnership and the successful launch of the Library Bridge, the school system and the library have become integral to each other's future success.”

OverDrive, a program that is used in every library across the state, has ranked Pender County Schools and the Pender County Public Library as the second-highest performer in the state for Ebook and all other E-products. The success of Library Bridge in Pender County and similar programs across the state has garnered the attention of Steve Potash, the founder and CEO of OverDrive. During Mr. Potash’s recent presentation at the Stronger Together: Building Literacy Rich Communities conference in Omaha, he spoke of the success public libraries in North Carolina have achieved in sharing ebooks with public schools.

“Library Bridge is a great example of how different branches of government services can work together to maximize benefits for students, staff and families,” said Mike Taylor, Director of Pender County Public Library. “This is also about making the most of the tax dollars invested in our public libraries and schools. What is exciting to me is that despite our statewide ranking of number two behind Mecklenburg County for the last six months, I believe the schools and public library will identify ways we can improve Library Bridge performance even more next academic year.”

Pender County Schools and the Pender County Public Library are looking forward to continued success of the Library Bridge partnership and supporting its continued growth.

PCS Lead Nurse named recipient of Phyllis Avery Lane Award

posted Jun 22, 2018, 7:53 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 7:55 AM ]

Congratulations to Pender County Schools Lead School Nurse Kim Collins, who was recently named a recipient of the SEAHEC Phyllis Avery Lane Award. The PAL Award was created to publicly recognize school nurses and school nurse administrators in the state of North Carolina by annually honoring 1-3 school nurses each year. 



Board names Perkins Principal of Rocky Point Elementary

posted Jun 14, 2018, 1:19 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 1:20 PM ]

PENDER COUNTY -- The Pender County Board of Education appointed April Perkins Principal of Rocky Point Elementary School effective Aug. 1, 2018 during its regular Board meeting held Tuesday, June 12.

Ms. Perkins, who was recently named Pender County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year, currently serves as assistant principal at Rocky Point Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to continue serving the Rocky Point community in this new role,” Ms. Perkins said. “Rocky Point Elementary is a wonderful place to learn, and I look forward to working collaboratively with our staff to ensure continued student growth and achievement.”

Ms. Perkins brings 14 years of experience in the education field to her position as principal at Rocky Point Elementary.

A Message to Graduates from Katherine Herring

posted Jun 11, 2018, 8:18 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 8:40 AM ]

For 28 years, Katherine Herring has served as a member of the Pender County Board of Education. During that time, she had never missed a graduation. 

Due to uncontrollable circumstances, she was unable to attend this year's ceremonies for the Class of 2018. The following message from Ms. Herring was read at each of this year's graduation ceremonies:

"I'm sorry to miss your big evening, but due to uncontrollable circumstances I cannot attend. Remember to always reach for the stars, for you have earned that. Never give up, there is no limit to your success. Congratulations! I will be praying for each of you."

Ms. Herring has been a continuous Board Member on the Pender County Board of Education since1990.



Surf City Elementary and Surf City Middle Logos

posted Jun 8, 2018, 6:11 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 6:11 AM ]

Surf City Elementary School, Home of the Sea Turtles, will open in Fall 2018!
Surf City Middle School, Home of the Sharks, will open in Fall 2018!

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