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New Faces Lead Schools for a Day

posted Feb 16, 2018, 2:01 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 2:03 PM ]

East Elementary Principal props her feet up while Principal for a Day Tracy Bolin gives her a stern scolding (all fun intended).
Schools throughout the county were filled with new faces as community members were able to take the lead to see just what is like to be a school administrator during the 4th Annual Principal for a Day.

Some were able to experience the day from the very start by opening car doors during morning drop-off and welcoming students from the bus lot. Others walked the hallways, experienced grade level meetings, competed with students and the normal principal (whatever a normal principal is nowadays) in jumping rope during physical education, ate lunch with students, read with students, and more.

“The most enlightening moment for me was experiencing the team meeting with the fifth-grade teachers alongside the principal and the curriculum technology coordinator watching them invest time strategizing on how to grow individual students, one by one,” said, Jeremy Fern, the Principal for a Day at Shelby Intermediate and account executive at Seventh Point Marketing.

The late Dr. William Dixon organized the program in 2015 as a way to give community members a first-hand perspective of the decisions and responsibilities principals face daily. Numerous school districts across the nation use the “Principal for a Day” program to build relationships between schools and business/community leaders. The intent of the program is to strengthen schools through long-lasting community-based partnerships.

“The experience was just terrific, said Tracy Bolin, the Principal for a Day at East Elementary and Learning and Development Senior Consultant for Technology Data and Analytics at Wells Fargo. “I didn’t realize the principal worked with so many things throughout the day. Also, it was extremely impactful to see how deeply the staff cares about our children.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get the community actively engaged in our schools,” said Dr. Brian Hunnell, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Over the years, many longstanding relationships have developed from this experience creating exceptional opportunities for our students and staff.”


Crest High Orchestra Director Named Best In Region

posted Feb 15, 2018, 3:13 PM by Greg Shull


In his 20th year of teaching, Peter Strickland teaches and conducts some of the top musicians in Cleveland County each day. In honor of his commitment to excellence and dedication to the profession, Strickland was recently named the NC Western Regional Orchestra Teacher of the Year and was recognized at a recent Cleveland County Board of Education meeting.

“I have worked with some amazing directors across the state and to receive this recognition from my peers was humbling, to say the least,” said Strickland.

His students have participated in all-county, regional, and all-state orchestra events while many have continued their education by majoring in music education, performance, composition, and production.

“The daily challenge for me as an educator is to provide my students an experience that is worthwhile and relevant to their present as well as their future,” added Strickland. “I am blessed with students who inspire me to do my best and provide them with unique experiences that will last a lifetime.”

Mr. Strickland’s students have performed at local events such as the opening ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Exhibition in 2008, and alongside the Gardner-Webb University Orchestra, the Rutherford Symphony, the Carolina Brass, and Mark and Maggie O'Connor.

“Mr. Strickland provides exceptional educational experiences for his students, and we are most fortunate to have him directing orchestral music at Crest High,” said Greg Shull, the district arts coordinator, and director of communications.


A Little More About Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland has been teaching in the Cleveland County School System since 1997. He began his career as the founding director of the Burns and Crest Middle School Orchestra programs in 1997, continuing with the Crest High Orchestra program in 1999, and founding the Electronic Music/Recording program in 2006.

As a Gardner-Webb University graduate with degrees in Music Education and Composition, Strickland is an active composer and arranger and collaborates with local playwrights and ensembles. In 2010, Mr. Strickland transcribed and arranged Earl Scruggs’ bluegrass classic, “Flint Hill Special” for bluegrass band and orchestra as part of the Smithsonian’s American Roots concert series performed by the Gardner-Webb University Orchestra. In 2014, Mr. Strickland was the clinician and conductor for the inaugural All-County Middle School Orchestra of Cleveland County, returning again in 2017. He served as the clinician and conductor for the All-County High School Orchestra of Onslow County in 2016, and Buncombe County in 2017.

Mr. Strickland has been active at Crest High serving as Fine Arts Department chair, a member of the Scholarship committee, mentor to new teachers, and a cooperating teacher for student teachers. He received the Time-Warner Star Teacher Award in 2003 and 2008 and the Hoyt & Anne Dover Bailey Teaching Excellence Award in 2013. Mr. Strickland was selected as the Western Regional Orchestra Director of the Year in 2017. He was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2007 which was renewed in 2017. Mr. Strickland and his wife Michelle have been married since 1998 and have two children.

Proposed District Calendar Options for 2019-2020 school year

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:42 PM by Greg Shull

The Cleveland County Schools Calendar Committee has developed two calendar options for the 2019-2020 school year for consideration.

We would like for you to take a moment to tell us your thoughts about the proposed calendars. Before doing so, please review the following parameters from North Carolina's calendar law.

NC Calendar Law requires the following:
  • The school calendar is composed of 215 days, including all planning days, holidays, & annual leave days.
  • The instructional calendar can be either 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction covering at least 9 months. Our schools have enough instructional hours to allow for a 180-day instructional calendar.
  • School system employees are entitled to the same number of holidays as are given to other state employees, which is 11 for 2019-20 years. Veterans Day is the only required holiday.
  • Employees are entitled to a minimum of 10 Annual Leave days. Annual Leave days can be put before, during, or after instructional days. It is not recommended that annual leave days be put at the beginning of school due to issues it creates with beginning teacher and lateral entry programs required by the state.
  • The total number of workdays for teachers cannot exceed 195, so only 14 planning days can be designated. The first day for students will be the Monday closest to August 26.The last for students can be no later than the Friday closest to June 11.
Click here to view the first option.
Click here to view the second option.

Click here to provide feedback on each option.

Creating Bright Futures

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:26 AM by Greg Shull

Click here to view a brief video about the program.



2018-2019 Student transfer forms now available

posted Feb 1, 2018, 6:18 AM by Greg Shull

Transfer applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available online and at individual schools. Applications must be submitted to CCS Central Services, 400 West Marion Street of Shelby, on or before April 9, 2018.

Important points to remember about student transfers:
  • In-county transfers are good for the grade span of the school to which the transfer was given. A new transfer application is required for a student entering a new school. Example: a new transfer is required if a student is out-of-district and moving from middle school to high school.
  • All out-of-county transfer students must complete a new transfer request every year. Also included for out-of-county transfers is the requirement to pay tuition. The out-of-county tuition fee is $1,414.
  • Student transfers may be revoked for violations of attendance or discipline policies. 
  • The parent of any incoming Kindergarten student who desires a transfer will need to complete a transfer form. Kindergarten students are encouraged to attend Kindergarten Orientation at their home school.
  • Schools and/or grade levels within schools may be closed to transfers to avoid classroom overcrowding.
  • If a high school student’s transfer request is approved, the student may be ineligible for athletic participation for a period of 365 days.
For additional information concerning transfers, please contact Ronny Funderburke or Mary Richards at (704) 476-8000.

The English and Spanish versions are attached below.  

Raising Achievement and Closing the Gap Education Summit

posted Jan 12, 2018, 8:57 AM by Henry Gilmore   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 11:19 AM ]



The 19th Annual Raising Achievement and Closing the Gap Education Summit is fast approaching. Make plans to meet community members, families, and educators at the LeGrand Center on February 17th from 8:30 - noon. The event includes concurrent sessions on How to Get Scholarships, What Happens after Graduation, Athletics and Academics, What Every CCS Parent Should Know, Digging into District Data, and more. There's also Literacy Activities for K-5 students. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Concurrent sessions begin at 9 a.m. The entire community is invited!

Now Screening for Preschool

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:55 PM by Greg Shull


Fun Run Registration

posted Jan 3, 2018, 12:46 PM by Henry Gilmore   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 12:49 PM ]

It's time for elementary students to register for the 13th Annual Fun Run. Don't miss out!

Bid Announcement for Employee Uniforms, Cafeteria Cleaning Chemicals, and Frozen Ice Cream Products

posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:38 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

Cleveland County Schools Child Nutrition Services is accepting bids for Employee Uniforms, Cafeteria Cleaning Chemicals, and Frozen Ice Cream Products for the 2018-2019 school year.

Bid openings are set for Monday, February 19, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Central Services Building Room 304 located at 400 West Marion Street Shelby NC 28150.

Interested parties must contact Jada Brown, Child Nutrition Director at 704-476-8126 prior to the formal opening date.

Bid Announcement for Fresh Bread Products

posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:36 AM by Greg Shull

Cleveland County Schools Child Nutrition Services is accepting formal sealed bids for Fresh Bread Products for the 2018-2019 school year.

Bid Opening is set for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Central Services Building Room 304 located at 400 West Marion Street Shelby NC 28150.

Interested parties must contact Jada Brown, Child Nutrition Director at 704-476-8126 prior to the formal opening date.

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