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Now Accepting Bids for Bottled Beverages

posted Jun 8, 2017, 9:55 AM by Greg Shull

The Cleveland County Schools Child Nutrition Programs is accepting bids for Bottled Beverages for the 2017-2018 school year.

If you are interested in providing a bid and would like additional information, please contact Jada Brown at (704) 476-8126. Bids will be accepted until June 22, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Bus Driver of the Year from East Elementary

posted Jun 7, 2017, 2:19 PM by Greg Shull

Jenny Hardee of East Elementary was named the 2017 Bus Driver of the Year for Cleveland County Schools at the annual bus driver banquet held at Shelby Middle. This annual award is named after Donald K. Byrnes, a retired CCS school transportation director, and current bus driver advocate.

Mrs. Hardee joins an elite group of drivers who drive students to and from school safely every day. Rising to the occasion, Hardee is the first school bus driver – since the initial awarding of this esteemed honor in Cleveland County – to obtain a perfect score on the examination portion of the completion.

“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Hardee for doing so well in this year’s competition,” said David Pless, transportation director at Cleveland County Schools. “She is a fantastic bus driver, and we are so very fortunate to have her on our team.”

“She [Jenny] is obviously very confident and loves working with the kids,” said Jodi Morgan of J. Morgan Co. “She has been at the same school her entire career and loves it and wouldn’t want to change – ‘wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.’”

This year’s two runners-up were Linda Bradshaw of Kings Mountain High and Mark Eskridge of Graham Elementary.

“Linda Bradshaw started as a student bus driver and has been around for lots of changes,” said Byrnes. “She is like a lot of our folks in the respect that she enjoys what she is doing and wants to continue doing it. She is very devoted not only to the job but to this particular this county.”

“Everybody knows Mark, said Phillip Glover, chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. “He has a passion and love for the students in Cleveland County Schools. He is just an outstanding person.” The Bus Driver of the Year program involved a panel interview, a pre-trip inspection demonstration, and a road test. This annual award is given to drivers who follow in the dedicated footsteps of Mr. Byrnes throughout his long and successful career in school transportation. Sponsors are J. Morgan Co. and Royster Oil Co.

Service Above Self for Over 840 Years

posted May 27, 2017, 8:25 AM by Greg Shull

Nearly 40 retirees gathered at The LeGrand Center to celebrate over 840 combined years of love, care, and support provided to the students of Cleveland County. 

During the event, the retirees broke bread together and enjoyed an evening of laughter, reminiscence, and recognition.

“This is a milestone worth celebrating for many reasons,” said Jennifer Wampler, CCS Executive Director of Human Resources. “We absolutely commend them for accomplishing the personal goal of retirement.  Most important, we celebrate their work as they have all impacted the lives of our students and for that, we are most grateful.”

The retirees were presented with a commemorative apple as a symbol of their hard work and commitment.

“During this time, it brings me great pleasure to think of all the lives that have been impacted by our retirees,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools.  “We applaud their efforts and thank them for their dedication to the students of Cleveland County.”

Superintendent Recognized as Best in Region

posted May 24, 2017, 11:21 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:30 AM ]

Cleveland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher is the 2017 Superintendent of the Year for the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts.

Fisher will compete with other regional winners for the - title of North Carolina Superintendent of the Year shortly following the start of the 2017-18 school year.

“We appreciate Dr. Fisher’s leadership and vision for excellence,” said Phillip Glover, chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. “We are proud of him for this accomplishment and appreciate his efforts in making Cleveland County Schools a great place to be for our students and staff.” 

Glover announced Fisher’s selection as the Regional Superintendent of the Year at the May 22 school board meeting.

“We have an excellent school system in Cleveland County, and this honor represents the hard work and commitment our leadership team exhibits daily – for our schools and community,” said Fisher. “Great things are happening in our district, and I am proud to be part of such a special organization dedicated to serving our community.”

This is the second momentous recognition of its kind in recent months for Cleveland County Schools as Tony Fogleman was honored as the North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year earlier this school year.

Graduation Season has Commenced

posted May 19, 2017, 9:06 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 19, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

The Cleveland County graduation season is underway as Cleveland Early College High held its 2017 ceremony this past Wednesday at The LeGrand Center.

The remainder of Cleveland County’s high school graduations are as follows.

Friday, June 9th
  • Shelby High: 7 p.m. in Keeter Stadium 
  • Turning Point Academy: 5 p.m. in the TPA Gymnasium 

Saturday, June 10th
  • Burns High: 9 a.m. at Ron Greene Stadium 
  • Crest High: 9 a.m. at Sid Bryson Stadium 
  • Kings Mountain High: 9 a.m. at Gamble Stadium


Students Honored for Academic Excellence at Annual Banquet

posted May 10, 2017, 6:13 PM by Greg Shull

Top academic seniors from around the county were honored at the LeGrand Center's largest one-day event where over 900 were in attendance for the 13th Annual Senior Scholars Banquet.  Parents, donors, presenters, and school staff members from around the county gathered to congratulate the seniors and recognize their academic efforts.

Over 200 attending seniors received a $500 A. Mickey Church Scholarship and was recognized individually by their donor(s).

"This event not only concludes another successful year for the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation and county school system, it culminates the sustained educational success of our senior scholars," said Dr. George Litton, president of the CCS Educational Foundation.  This would not have been possible without the support of our community as well as the dedication of our board of directors.

Some of the scholarship funds presented were generated by the Turner Trucking Co. Academic Awards Golf Tournament sponsored by the Foundation last October at the River Bend YMCA Golf Club. Many of the tournament’s benefactors and patron sponsors attended the banquet and presented scholarships to the senior recipients. 

"For the attending seniors, this banquet represents over 2,700 years of educational excellence," said Jamey Davis, vice president of the CCS Educational Foundation.  "I am proud of each scholarship recipient and humbled to be part of an organization exclusively dedicated to honoring educational achievements."

About The Foundation
The CCS Educational Foundation was organized in 1986 by the Cleveland County Board of Education a non-profit corporation to solicit contributions to promote learning by recognizing and rewarding student and staff achievement.

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Administrative Changes for the Burns Zone

posted May 8, 2017, 7:38 PM by Greg Shull

  • Mickey Morehead, principal at Burns Middle School, has accepted the position of principal at Burns High and will transition shortly following the end of this school year. 
  • Chris Bennett, principal at Washington Elementary, will be the next principal at Burns Middle and will transition there at the conclusion of the current school year. 
Please join us in wishing these two administrators all the best in their new assignments.

Marion Elementary’s Kristen Brackett Receives Coveted ABCD Award

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:08 PM by Greg Shull

The 2017 Jolene Litton ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award was presented to Kristin Brackett of Marion Elementary, at a ceremony held at The LeGrand Center.

The ABCD Award is presented each year to an educator in Cleveland County Schools who effectively models the use of technology, encourages unique and innovative technology projects, and practices them within his/her school. The award is sponsored by the Foundation and the Cleveland County Schools Technology Services Department.

Technology Services Director Tim Wease presented Mrs. Brackett with an award and a perpetual plaque to take back to her school. She also received an iPad from the Cleveland County Schools Technology Services Department. Mrs. Brackett was nominated by Heather Self, the principal at Marion Elementary.

The ABCD Award was first presented in 2005 to honor Jolene Litton and her service to the students and teachers of Cleveland County Schools. Mrs. Litton was among the first curriculum/technology coordinators in the district, serving at Boiling Springs Elementary.

“Pit Crew” team of Chargers team-up to fight multiple sclerosis

posted Apr 13, 2017, 2:21 PM by Greg Shull

Thanks to the support of Crest High Principal Holly Robinson and the school’s BETA Club, the team raised over $6,000 - via hat and jeans days at the school - to go towards the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS). Crest High Charger Kayla Pittman helped organized much of the effort and also led a “Pit Crew” team in the Walk MS Shelby. 
“You would have been impressed at how well they [Pit Crew] all represented our school,” said Pittman. “Everyone was so 
helpful and enthusiastic.” Principal Robinson credits Coach Silva for doing a fantastic job in involving the school’s football team in various community service projects. 

“I love that our students have the opportunity to represent our school with so much passion and grace by volunteering in our community to support such great causes,” said Robinson.

Pittman added, “After the walk, our football team even entertained everyone with karaoke and line dancing. The event coordinator and other team members told my mom how much they enjoyed our young people being there.”


12th Annual Fun Run Results

posted Apr 12, 2017, 3:31 PM by Greg Shull

Elementary students from Cleveland County Schools converged at Shelby High for the 12th Annual Fun Run. This year, 1,013 students participated in the races at Shelby High School where their family, schools staff and other supporters were there to cheer them on.

Students ran in both a half-mile and two-mile competitions sponsored by local elementary schools and the Cleveland County YMCA. Boy and girl winners were named from each grade in both events.

First-place overall winners in the two-mile run were Cameron Gales of Fallston Elementary and Damon Cook of Jefferson Elementary who posted the two best times for the event in their divisions – 11:44.6 and 12:54.4 – respectively.

The half-mile run top placements, by grade level, are as follows:
  • Kindergarten: Millie Barbee of Jefferson Elementary with a time of 4.06 and Devin Hord of North Elementary with a time of 4.04
  • First Grade: Avery Cruise of West Elementary with a time of 3.5 and Wyatt Leonhardt of Fallston with a time of 3.44
  • Second Grade: Makenzie Sanders of Marion Elementary with a time of 3.42.66 and Brock Melton of Springmore Elementary with a time of 3.24
  • Third Grade: Alexis Beaver of Fallston Elementary with a time of 3.42 and Romeo Sanders of Marion Elementary with a time of 3.22
  • Fourth Grade: Brooke Waseman of East Elementary with a time of 3.18 and Tony Hawk of Jefferson Elementary with a time of 3.08
  • Fifth Grade: Maggie Earl of Casar Elementary with a time of 3.31 and Santana London of Shelby Intermediate with a time of 3.17

 This event was coordinated by Brian Bettis of Springmore Elementary and Tripp Roark of North Elementary schools. 

See the full recap for the 2 Mile race here.

See the full recap for the 1/2 Mile race here.


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