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Carla Murray Named Principal of North Chatham Elementary
Pittsboro, NC -- During its June 30, 2015 meeting, the Chatham County Board of Education approved Carla Murray as the new principal of North Chatham Elementary School, effective August 1. Murray currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Siler City Elementary. She will be replacing Dale Minge, who will retire at the end of July.
Murray spent time as a classroom teacher in second, third, and fourth grades before becoming a Curriculum Coach for Siler City Elementary in 2005. She then pursued a degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and participated in Future Ready Leadership training during the 2014-2015 school year. Murray shares, "I am honored and excited to continue my work with students in Chatham County Schools. I look forward to joining all stakeholders as we continue to expand on the great initiatives begun already and reach new levels of success.”
Chatham County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, remarks, “Mrs. Murray’s expertise with curriculum and instruction will serve her well as she works to lead North Chatham Elementary to the next level of achievement for all students.”
Chatham County Schools Receives $70,000 Grant from Duke Energy
Duke Energy Grant photoOn Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan gratefully accepted a check in the amount of $70,000 from Indira Everett, a Duke Energy Foundation representative. The check represents The Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to Growing Great Teachers through professional development in Chatham County.

With the leadership of Jaime Detzi, Chatham County Education Foundation Executive Director, and Dr. Amanda Hartness the district applied for funding for professional development to support district programs and staff.   Dr. Amanda Hartness, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services & Instructional Support comments, “Research suggests that quality professional development for teachers can be one of the most effective strategies for increasing student achievement. We plan to utilize the framework for implementing professional development based on Thomas Guskey’s research. We are excited to have the support of Duke Energy and the Chatham Education Foundation to support professional learning across our district.”
​Chatham County Schools Name Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the Year graphicChatham County Schools have, once again, honored their own. Each school faculty voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold a Standard Professional 2 license, be employed full time, and not have served as the Teacher of the Year in the past 3 years, and spend at least 70% of his or her time in direct instruction of school students. Congratulations to these individuals for achieving recognition for their time, talent, and commitment to the students of Chatham County Schools.  
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Chatham County Schools Dropout Rate Falls to Record Low
Pittsboro, NC -- For the sixth year in a row, Chatham County Schools saw a decline in the dropout rate. In a new report from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) presented to State Board of Education members at their monthly meeting, the 2013-2014 Consolidated Data Report demonstrated that dropout rates across the state fell to record lows. The state dropout rate for 2013-2014 was 2.28%, with Chatham County Schools coming in even lower at 1.22%. This demonstrates a reduction of over 15% from the previous year. Surrounding district rates were: Lee County Schools 1.96%; Orange County Schools 1.55%; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 0.34%; Durham County Schools 1.96%; Randolph County Schools 1.19%.
The annual dropout rate identifies the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. The Strategic Plan for Chatham County Schools states the elimination of any dropout rate as a priority. 
Chatham County Schools Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Chatham County Schools is thrilled to announce eight new recipients of National Board Certification. Teachers undergo a rigorous process of planning, reflection, and assessment in order to achieve certification. The Chatham County School district is proud to have 90 Nationally Board Certified Teachers. Our newest honorees are:

Kimberly Brennan - North Chatham Elementary
Morgan Brewer - Chatham Central High School
Carol (Lynn) Crankshaw - North Chatham Elementary
Elizabeth Deaton - Jordan-Matthews High School
JoAnna Massoth - Chatham Middle School
Heather McCrory - Jordan-Matthews High School
Leann Munoz - Perry Harrison School
Brenton Winston – Moncure School

Chatham County Third Grade Reading Success
Eighty-four (84.7%) percent of Chatham County Schools third grade students met the reading proficiency standards under North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program.  Seventy-nine percent of North Carolina public school third grade students met the standards across the state.
These third graders demonstrated reading proficiency through one of the following state approved options:
  • Passing the Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the retest of the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment; passing the Read to Achieve Alternative Test;
  • Passing an alternative assessment for reading; or
  • Successfully completing the reading portfolio.
Specifically, sixty-two percent (62.9%) of CCS third graders passed on the Beginning-of-Grade or End-of Grade assessments.  Additionally, four percent (4.23%) passed after summer reading camp; seven percent (7.74%) passed on an approved alternate assessment; nine percent (9.78%) were exempt based on an approved NC “Good Cause” exemption.  

Central Carolina Works: Free College Pathways for High School Students
SANFORD — High school students in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties will soon be registering for free college classes for the 2015-2016 year through the Central Carolina Works (CCW) program.

CCW enables high school juniors and seniors to enroll, tuition-free, in college credit courses that also apply toward their high school diploma. By the time they graduate from high school, they could earn a certificate and have a jump-start on their career or college education.

CCW is an educational initiative by a consortium including Central Carolina Community College, education (Chatham County Schools, Harnett County Schools, and Lee County Schools), business, industry, and community leaders.

CCW funds the placement of career and college advisors in each of the public high schools in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. These advisors work one-on-one with students to help them take advantage of the state-funded Career and College Promise (CCP) program.

Interested students should contact their Career and College Advisor for more information and to enroll.
The CCW program has grown in popularity from its beginning, currently enrolling 592 students from the nine public high schools in the area. Of those 592 students, 376 are enrolled in a Career and Technical (CTE) Pathway and 216 are enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. The current total CCP enrollment is 933 students, which includes Lee Early College, charter, private, and home school students.

New CTE Pathways for Fall 2015 include Accounting, Culinary Arts, Laser and Photonics, Library Information Technology, Nurse Aide (new for Lee and Chatham), and Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance.

“Central Carolina Works was designed and conceived to help the student and their family who may not know what post K-12 education and employment is best suited for their interests and abilities,” says Kirk Bradley, Chairman, President & C.E.O. of Lee-Moore Capital Company, who spearheaded the intensive fund-raising to launch the initiative. “By providing a trained professional to help these students understand both curriculum and workforce outcomes available through CCCC, they can make better choices earlier in their middle and high school years.