Dear NHCS Employees:
As we celebrate the last day of the 2016-17 traditional school year, I would like to extend my appreciation to ALL New Hanover County Schools employees for their hard work in making this another successful year. Whether leading a classroom or working in a supportive role, EVERY employee plays an important role in making us a premier district, in both the region and the state. With the continuous changing tide of education and competitive career choices, we work very hard to offer our students a current and rigorous education that will prepare them for their after graduation choices – career-ready, community college, 4-year university or military enlistment.
This year was a busy year with several new programs and initiatives underway. We continued our work on establishing the first Career-Technical High School in the region. I am pleased to report that in partnership with Cape Fear Community College, SEA-Tech will open in August 2017 on the CFCC North Campus with over 40 students to launch its inaugural year. The 2016-17 school year also welcomed the start of the International School at Gregory, expanding the district’s Immersion Programs in both Spanish and Mandarin. The NHCS E Academy was launched, which has increased the district’s online learning opportunities for students; including the area’s homeschool and private school students. These and other educational programs help to enhance our students’ learning opportunities.
In addition, we continue to improve our graduation rate, with the highest rate of over 83% achieved in the 2015-16 school year. I am very optimistic that our 2016-17 scores and graduation rate will surpass last year’s results.
Looking ahead to the 2017-18 school year, we will celebrate the opening of three new buildings – Porters Neck Elementary and the performance gyms at Hoggard and Laney high schools – all of which were made possible by the 2014 School Bond. Blair and College Park elementary schools will be temporarily relocated as the construction begins on these schools’ new facilities. We are anticipating over 26,000 students to fill our schools. I know that each of these students will receive the best education possible, and NHCS will continue to be a leader in public education.
So, as you say your good-byes to students and co-workers and are eagerly anticipating your summer to begin, take a moment to congratulate yourself on ALL that you have accomplished this school year. For the positive impact that you have made on your students; the encouraging words and support that you have shared with colleagues; or raising the bar on your professional growth, be proud of what your have completed this year.
Enjoy the summer break…you have gone above and beyond the call of duty to educate and support the students of NHCS. I look forward to seeing our Year-Round teams in July and our traditional folks back in August!