Have a safe and happy summer!
In Davie County Schools, we have a vision to be the national model in creating educational excellence. Our teachers and staff strive daily to create unique, innovative and personalized learning experiences. We believe all children can experience academic growth and success, and help each child identify and develop their own talents and leadership skills. We are excited to begin the 2016-17 school year and to continue to implement the strategies we have outlined in our strategic plan that was developed by school and community leaders.
As we reflect on the 2015-16 school year, we have seen much progress toward our vision to be a national model. Our students have made academic gains and have excelled in athletics and extracurricular activities. We are proud of how our teachers and staff are using the resources our community has invested in public education. Davie County Schools continues to be recognized as a district ranked #2 among the 115 school districts in North Carolina for the highest return on investment. State leaders have taken notice of the experience our staff has created in Davie County Schools and we continue to host visitors from around the state to see what makes our district unique. Governor McCrory visited our school district in the spring, and his Senior Education Advisor has visited multiple times to talk with our teachers and staff. Our new high school construction is moving forward and we are on schedule to open the new home of the War Eagles next fall.
We have seen new faces as educators retire, and are excited to welcome new teachers, administrators, and staff to our community and our school family. Our teachers are some of the best in the country and I continue to receive comments and emails from parents thanking our teachers who go above and beyond the call for their children. I am extremely proud of our staff!
I want to send out a special thank you to all of our parents, members of the community, and local foundations who support public education. We had another summer filled with learning opportunities and camps. Those experiences are enriched by the generous support of so many people in the community who dedicate their time, talents, and resources. The Davie Community Foundation and the Mebane Charitable Foundation have been conduits of financial support for our summer educational experiences and have made it possible for us to enhance these experiences for children. These foundations, along with the County of Davie, will partner in 2016-17 to open up another preschool classroom. We are thankful for this tremendous support as we work together to ensure our students have a great start to their educational experience.
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Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.