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School year opens on note of change in Mecklenburg County

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Top, students leave to bus to get to class at South Hill Elementary School. Above, students at Bluestone Senior High School gather in the gym for the first day of school. Mecklenburg County Public Schools opened Tuesday for the start of the 2010-11 school year. (Lisa Clary and Alta LeCompte photos)
Even a massive shift in student parking places wasn’t enough to keep 682 students from showing up yesterday morning at Bluestone High School to start the school year.

Educator of the Year award named for Puryear

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Nykisha Garland, Brennan Olson, Zach Pruden and Nicole Bragg — the Park View Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard — march into the convocation for school division staff.
Superintendent of schools Dr. James Thornton at the staff convocation held Aug. 25 presented the newly established Mecklenburg County Educator of the Year Award to Chase City Elementary School principal Hilda Puryear.

Fast action expected on facilities

Mecklenburg County Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thornton said yesterday he expects to present for school board approval Sept. 20 a package of construction projects that would bring Mecklenburg County school facilities into the 21st century.

New Beginnings program builds togetherness

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Top, About 15 rising freshmen at Park View and Bluestone high schools engaged in team building by pairing up to compete in a three-legged race. Above, Bluestone math teacher Sara Lenhart and Mike Camden, New Beginnings coordinator, got the students started. (Alta LeCompte photos)
Rising freshmen find common cause during a day of fun

Mecklenburg County welcomes new teachers

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Top, The Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership held welcoming dinner for the new teachers that will be joining the Mecklenburg County School system for the upcoming year.  Local businesses helped sponsor the reception and dinner and all the teachers received gift bags that contained items from businesses in the local community. Above, Mecklenburg County General District Court Judge Charles Warren was guest speaker.  A former Park View graduate Warren advised the new teachers to “never overlook the potential in every student you have. Please view them with the perspective that   they all have potential and never give up on a kid.

Sweeping change eyed for Mecklenburg County schools

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New school superintendent James Thornton, left, and finance director John Keeler recently conducted a facilities tour in preparation for a planned overhaul of Mecklenburg’s antiquated school buildings. The public is invited to attend a Sept. 8 public hearing in Boydton to consider a range of construction and renovation options for the schools developed by H&M Construction and RRMM Architects. Proposals range from construction of a consolidated high school/middle school complex in Boydton to a plan to build two new high schools, two new middle schools plus new elementaries for Clarksville, Chase City and Buckhorn/La Crosse combined. Cost estimates run as high as $226 million. The Sept. 8 meeting will be held at the School Board Central Office complex at the old Boydton Elementary building starting at 7 p.m. (Alta LeCompte photo)
Dr. James Thornton, superintendent of Mecklenburg County Schools, outlined his program for boosting expectations and achievement throughout the school division at the August school board meeting Monday evening.

MCPS hires two new administrators

The Mecklenburg County School Board at a special meeting last Wednesday hired two new administrators.

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