District News

  • Today's lesson: how to handle an encounter with police

    One of the most important lessons middle and high school students will likely learn during LCPS’s summer school has nothing to do with reading or writing. It deals with reality.

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  • Academic success earns honors for scores of grads

    Despite having spent nearly half their junior year and all their senior year going to school under the cloud of a global pandemic, the Class of 2021 left its mark in the LCPS record books – a most-ever total of 55 students who exited high school with both a diploma and a two-year college degree, plus the second-best total for scholarship offers at $11.3 million. However, within the achievements of the group – the 589 graduates – scores of seniors stood out for their academic success.

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  • Rochelle class gives back with 'Got Your Back' project

    When students in the Leadership class at Rochelle Middle School were searching for a project that would make a difference in the community, they settled on an idea that would not only have impact but would also have a catchy name: RMS Got Your Back.

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  • Crown, LCPS revive Youth Apprenticeship program

    Four students comprise the second cohort of LCPS students to qualify for an apprenticeship program nearly unique in the state – an opportunity to work part-time and gain real-world experience while finishing school, to be reimbursed for college tuition costs and to go to work for Crown in Kinston full-time.

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  • Two principals graduate from school leadership program

    Elizabeth Pierce, principal at South Lenoir High School, and Dr. Heather Walston, principal at Northwest Elementary, completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program, which is provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCALSD).

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  • School board approves new principals, district promotions

    Acting on the recommendations of Superintendent Brent Williams, the school board promoted three assistant principals to positions of school leadership – Jeremy Barnett, assistant principal at Kinston High School this past school year, to principal at Moss Hill Elementary School; Dr. Heather Lancaster, assistant principal at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School, to principal at Southwood Elementary School; and Terry Wooten, assistant principal at Rochelle Middle School to principal there. Steve Saint-Amand, who retired in June 2020 after leading South Lenoir High for 10 years, is coming out of retirement to become principal at Lenoir County Early College High School, filling the vacancy created by the retirement this month of Diane Heath.

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  • Teacher's passion for grant writing pays off with award

    A passion for writing and winning grants – powered by her competitive nature, aided by her school’s systematic approach to researching and writing grants and encouraged by its track record of success in winning what they apply for – has won Pink Hill Elementary teacher Brenda Griffin LCPS's inaugural award for excellence in grant writing.

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  • Payroll specialist, retiring principal honored by EOP

    Lori Bryan, the payroll specialist in the school district’s Finance Department and a perennial leader of the county EOP chapter, was named Educational Office Professional of the Year; and Diane Heath, a 31-year educator with LCPS and retiring principal of Lenoir County Early College High School, was honored as Administrator of the Year by the Lenoir County chapter of N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals.

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  • After 740 years in education, it's retirement time for 28

    Twenty-eight women and men who altogether have dedicated 740 years to the education of young people were recognized not only for their longevity but also their loyalty during the annual LCPS Retirement Luncheon held last week.

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