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West Bladen School Nutrition staff are tops

posted Oct 18, 2017, 8:24 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that West Bladen High School's School Nutrition staff are being recognized with a Best Practices Award for Customer Service. The award recognizes school nutrition program's exemplary accomplishments in the area of customer service and the schools commitment to excellence. The USDA award will be presented during the Annual Conference for School Nutrition Administrators on October 26. 

West Bladen Sch Nutrition award.mov

Principal Bonus Pay

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:08 AM by Valerie Newton

Principal Bonus Pay Approved by the State Board of Education


Board members approved performance-based bonuses for principals who qualify based on the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) growth index score for the school.


The General Assembly appropriated $7 million for two bonus programs during its 2017 long session (Appropriations Bill 2017-57 Section 8.4).

Principals will receive bonuses if:

  • They supervised a school that had a 2016-17 growth score in the top 50 percent of the schools in the state. Bonuses range from $1,000 - $5,000 depending on the school’s statewide growth percentage.
  • They supervised a school that either met or did not meet expected growth in 2015-16 but exceeded growth in 2016-17. If the school received a performance grade of A, B or C during 2015-16, the principal will receive a $5,000 bonus. If the school received a D or F school performance grade in 2015-16, the principal will receive a $10,000 bonus. 

Principals in traditional, charter and regional schools are eligible to receive the bonuses if they qualify. They also can receive both bonuses. However, to receive the bonuses they must have been employed prior to July 1, 2017. The bonuses will be paid no later than Oct. 31.


Board members also passed a motion directing the State Board of Education Chairman and State Superintendent to send a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly expressing their appreciation for additional funding for principal pay and stressing the urgency in extending the principal pay hold harmless provision through the 2018-19 school year.

BCS Supports Scholarships

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:55 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Bladen County Schools was honored to be a sponsor in the 2017 Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Tournament to benefit students with scholarships.

Change to School Calendar

posted Sep 11, 2017, 11:06 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

Update to school calendar: On the 2017-18 school year calendar, October 31 is an Optional Teacher Workday with students out of school. Due to the closure of schools on Monday, September 11, 2017, OCTOBER 31 will now be a REGULAR SCHOOL DAY for students and staff. Please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Amended Bladen 5 Conference Schedule

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:48 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 10:49 AM ]

Due to Hurricane Irma and the closure of schools on Monday, September 11, the Bladen 5 conference schedule has been amended. See below for the new schedule.

2017-18 Bladen 5 Conference Schedule

Storm Watch

posted Sep 7, 2017, 10:15 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

Bladen County Schools has been monitoring Hurricane Irma and its path throughout the week. While it is still too early to make a prediction we are communicating daily through emails, conference calls, webinars, and face-to-face with meteorologist from the National Weather Service out of Wilmington and with local emergency management personnel regarding any potential impact that may affect Bladen County. We are ready and prepared to respond in the event of localized impacts from the hurricane.  We are not making any decisions regarding school closure at this time. We will continue to gather the best, most timely information available before making any decision to delay, release, or close our schools.

Click the link below for more information.

MANDATORY Bus Driver training class

posted Sep 6, 2017, 11:21 AM by Valerie Newton

TO:                   Principals and Bus Managers


FROM:             James Daly, DES, and NCDMV


SUBJECT:        School Bus Driver Classroom Training               



A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005 and has not taken the training class.    

This is a mandatory class:


This class is also open to the public:                                               

The dates are as follows:  September 18-20, 2017



Bladen County Schools   Technology Training Center (Behind Elizabethtown Middle School)

1489 US Hwy. 701 South

Elizabethtown, NC 28337


I would appreciate your support in helping notify all persons who need to attend this class or anyone that wants to help the school out by getting their school bus license. Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity bus will also need to take the class.

Class times are from 9 am to 3 pm.  This is a three-day class and applicants must be in attendance all three days.


Please contact the School Bus Garage for more information. 910-862-2417.


As always, Thanks for your cooperation.


Read to Achieve results show improvement

posted Sep 5, 2017, 6:18 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 6:42 AM ]

The 2016-17 test results for Read to Achieve and the 2017 test results for the Read to Achieve grades 1 and 2 summer camp are now available and Bladen County Schools showed improvement over previous years. The full reports are found below. 

2016-17 Read to Achieve test results

2017 Summer Read to Achieve grades 1 & 2

Bladen County Schools serves up no cost meals

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:17 PM by Valerie Newton

For the fourth year Bladen County Schools is offering no cost meals to its students. The district is part of the Community Eligibility provision program whereby all 
students in Bladen County Schools, regardless of household income levels, eat breakfast and lunch at no cost. 

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Additionally, seven primary schools in Bladen County are participating in the USDA Fresh Fruits and Veggie program for the eighth year in a row. Bladen Lakes Primary, Bladenboro Primary, Booker T. Washington Primary, Dublin Primary, East Arcadia School, Elizabethtown Primary and Plain View Primary will offer the FFVP 3 days a week to students during snack time. The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

BOE Retreat - Special Called meeting

posted Aug 2, 2017, 1:24 PM by Valerie Newton


TO:              Media

FROM:         Valerie Newton,
                     Public Information Officer

RE:               Board of Education Retreat - Special Called meeting

DATE:          August 2, 2017

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. for a retreat.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget related issues, planning for the 2017-2018 school year and personnel matters, as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney if needed, as per the NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3).  This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC.




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