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Tar Heel School Ribbon Cutting

Bladen County Schools is thrilled to invite you to the ribbon cutting ceremony for our brand-new Tar Heel School! This special event will be held on June 21 at the new school campus.

June BOE Meeting Highlights

Check out these highlights from the June Board of Education Meeting.

The next BOE meeting is scheduled for July 8, 2024.

Request for Proposals to provide Speech and Language Therapy

Proposals are being solicited for speech and language therapy for students in Bladen County Schools (BCS) for the 2024-2027 school year and may include additional school years as mutually agreed upon in any final  contracts that are approved.  

Calendar Updates

The last week of school for both our Traditional Schools and the Early College will now be early release days. Additionally, the BOE approved the 24-25 calendars.

A $5 Bet and The Perfect Score

In a remarkable display of academic excellence, Jaime Labra-Hernandez, a sophomore at Bladen Early College, has defied the odds and achieved a perfect score on his Math 3 EOC Exam (End of Course).

RFP—Digital Signage

Bladen County Schools (BCS) is requesting proposals from vendors for digital signs specified in this Request for Proposals (RFP).  All proposals must be received by 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Request for Proposals: Playground Equipment

Bladen County Schools (BCS) is requesting proposals from vendors for the playground equipment specified in this Request for Proposals (RFP). All proposals must be received by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Weather Update for January 9, 2024

Due to the possible risk of heavy rain and wind with gusts in excess of 50 MPH and out of an abundance of caution, Bladen County Schools will transition to an asynchronous learning day on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. The maximum wind speed limit for buses to travel is 35 MPH.

BCS Supports Angel Tree Project

Our hearts of full of joy and gratitude, as the district office welcomed Kaitlin Butcher from Bladen County Department of Social Services who came to pick up the gifts from our Angel Tree.

RFP—WAN Services

Bladen County Schools
WAN Services
Erate Funding Year 2024
Form 470 Number – 190000105
Due Date – Monday, January 8, 2024, at 12:00 noon

An Update for our Families

Parents and Guardians,

An update from Superintendent Jason Atkinson, will be coming home with your student either today or tomorrow.

We hope this letter provides clarification and addresses any questions following the information previously sent home about student health protocols now required under NC General Statute 115C-75.45.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate these new requirements and continue our commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students.

Boil Water Advisory Impacting 3 Schools

As a result of a water line break, a boil water advisory was put in place impacting Elizabethtown Primary, Elizabethtown Middle, and East Bladen. The safety and wellbeing of our staff is always our top priority.

Scholarship Opportunity

Attention Seniors! FOCUS Broadband is accepting scholarship applications until December 8, 2023. To be eligible applicants and/or their parents/legal guardians must be customers of FOCUS Broadband. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academics, school-sponsored activities, community involvement, and interviewing skills.

Bladen County Schools and Bladen County Sheriff's Office Announce New Partnership

Bladen County Schools and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office are excited to announce a new partnership aimed toward enriching the educational experience for students taking classes in the Bladen County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Law and Justice Academy. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, solidifying the partnership.

Wear Orange on October 18 for Unity Day

Unity Day, started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month continues to grow every year as a tangible representation of the universal message that our society wants to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion to prevent bullying.

On Wednesday, October 18th, plan to support the event by participating in the simple call to action—wear and share the color orange.

October Board of Education Meeting Highlights

Students from Dublin Primary School led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Board recognized the cafeteria staff from Dublin Primary School for their outstanding accomplishment of earning a 100 Sanitation Rating!

Educators who recently completed the Rethink Education's Blended Facilitator Pathway were recognized for successfully completing the program and earning their Blended Facilitator's Badge!

Dublin Primary School Cafeteria Earns 100 Sanitation Grade

Congratulations to the Dublin Primary School Cafeteria Staff on their 100 Sanitation Rating!

Thank you for your commitment to providing a safe dining environment for our students.

Pictured L to R: Lorrie Carter, Cafeteria Assistant; Crystal O'Briant, BCS School Nutrition Coordinator; Jessica McAllister, Cafeteria Assistant; Freda Hales, Cafeteria Manager; Jason Folsom, Principal; Jason Atkinson, Superintendent.

WBHS Gymnasium Dedicated to Coach Ken Cross

The dedication of the WBHS gymnasium began in 2022 when Nathan Priest and Faith Inman approached the Bladen County Board of Education to request their consideration of naming the gym after Coach Cross.

After much planning, on Sunday, October 1st, the community gathered at West Bladen High School to celebrate the outstanding career of Coach Ken Cross. 

Farm Revival 2023: A Fundraiser Benefiting Working Lands Trust and Bladen County FFA

Working Lands Trust, a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting our working farms and forests, is joining forces with Bladen County FFA to launch an initiative aimed at conserving vital agricultural lands and rural communities. In support of this endeavor, the organizations will host Farm Revival 2023, a family-friendly evening filled with food, friends, prizes, and fellowship. This cornerstone community event will generate much-needed funds for Working Lands Trust's mission to safeguard our agricultural heritage while also benefiting the Bladen County FFA.

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Bladen County Students Make Gains in 2022-2023 School Year

Bladen County students joined students across the state with overall gains during the 2022-2023 school year.

State test results from the 2022-2023 school year presented to the State Board of Education reveal that students in Bladen County continue to recover from learning loss due to the Covid pandemic.


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Brown Graduates from Aspiring Superintendents Program

Ann Brown, Chief Officer of Operations and Administrative Services for Bladen County Schools was among 37 leaders from across the state to graduate from the seventh cohort of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) Aspiring Superintendents Program. 

Bladen Early College High School Celebrates Class of 2023

Friends and family gathered on Friday, June 2, 2023, to celebrate the graduates from Bladen Early College High School.

Their ceremony was full of pomp and circumstance—beginning with the ceremonial processional and thoughtful invocation led by graduating senior, Trinity Bedsole. The evening included several speakers—Salutatorian Jessica Garcia-Bastida, Superintendent Dr. Jason Atkinson, Mr. Christopher Carroll, who previously taught at Bladen Early College High School, and Valedictorian Daniel Arellano. Early College Principal Mrs. Haley Cheshire presented the diplomas and led the class in the “turning of the tassels”.