Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 50 EDUCATION EDUCATION BY STUART JAMES Whether you're searching for that exemplary kindergarten or pre-K as a young parent, or are looking to finish that degree you've had on the back burner for years, the options are seemingly endless in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/Sandhills region. The fifth largest school district in North Carolina is the Cumberland County School (CCS) system. CCS is committed to empowering all students to collaborate, compete, and succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. Over 13,500 CCS students are military/federally connected. As one of the founding members of the Mili- tary Compact and Military Child Educational Coalition (MCEC), CCS has built a support system for the military child. The system has a very diverse student population that represents more than 75 different countries and 89 different native languages. CCS is a fully accred- ited school system which certifies that it is focused on continuous improvement, data-informed decisions, and student achievement. The school district exceeds the state average in several subjects. The number of schools and teachers meeting and or exceeding growth is higher than the state and school districts of comparable size. CCS has joined the United Way of Cumberland County and its community partners in a joint-mentoring initia- tive encouraging community members to get involved in the life of a child because the CCS believes 'Mentor- ing Works!' For more information about how you can become a mentor or volunteer in the school system, visit www.cvs.ccs.k12.nc.us . Harnett County Schools (HCS) is a PK–12 school district with 28 schools serving over 20,000 students. HCS is one of the top 5 fastest-growing school systems in the state with graduating students consis- tently being awarded upwards of $12 million in scholar- ships annually. According to HCS Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Fleming, successful education is a coalition. Ac- cording to Fleming, Harnett County's teachers and staff are first class and strive to provide the best instruction while still provide a welcoming environment for both students and families. HCS's motto says it all: Inspiring learners to become LEADERS! The theme of Hoke County School System's (HCSS) current Strategic Plan is: "Transformation— Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's World." At HCSS they understand that it will take hard work for their students to be college and career ready for tomorrow's world, but with strong leadership and hard work by employees in partnership with families and communities, the goal of readiness for all students can be reached. Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson is proud of the achievements of Hoke County Schools. "Our Strategic Plan affirms our beliefs, proclaims our vision, and clarifies our mission. We know we must continue our partnerships with other agencies to leverage resources and continue to build synergy as we continue our trans- formational journey 'Into the Future'." With over 10,000 students and 1,200 employees, Lee County School System (LCSS) schools offer outstand- ing teachers, welcoming environments, and cutting-edge technology that empower the future of every student. LCSS wants every student to be prepared for the challenges that they will face during their lifetimes. This includes preparing students to pursue a lifetime of learning and to compete for the best jobs. Of the 16 schools found in Lee County School District, GreatSchools.org found 4 schools to be exemplary including: Lee Early College, Tramway Elementary School, Sanlee Middle School, and Deep River Elementary School all located in Sanford, North Carolina. The Lee County Board of Education and the Lee County Board of Commissioners have selected the former W.B. Wicker School site as the location for the county's newest elementary school. The LCSS's newest school is expected to open in the fall of 2019 and will serve approximately 1,000 children in Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. A STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), along with support services and strong community involvement, will give students attending the new school a solid foundation for their education and their future. >> from pre-K to continuing ed

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