Students and Parents,
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope that all students and their families enjoyed the summer break and have returned to school eager to learn many new things. Our teachers and principals have spent much of the summer preparing their schools and minds to make this an exciting school year for every student in Bladen County.
We have made a tremendous effort to ensure that the delay in the State budget will not hamper our ability to deliver a quality education to students. We are excited about the opportunity for students to obtain college credit through the Career and College Promise Program as well as the Bladen Early College High School. Both programs are doing wonders in giving students access to college while in high school. We also continue to upgrade technology in all thirteen schools, with our 1:1 computer access for students being in grades 5-12. Our technology footprint continues to grow, and we recognize technology upgrades are a step in the right direction for providing quality instruction to our students and teachers. Additionally, our Child Nutrition Program is able to offer breakfast and lunch to every student at no cost. We recognize the importance of good nutrition and we ask that you encourage your child to participate in the breakfast in the classroom efforts as well as our lunch program. Bladen County has been recognized at the state and national level for our nutrition program, and we couldn’t have this success without your support. These are just a few of the many exciting things students can look forward to this school year.
Our academic focus for instructional staff as a district for the 2019-2020 school year is to enhance our collective teacher efficacy. Teacher efficacy is simply believing that as the teacher, I have a major influence on how well my students may perform. Research has shown this, more than anything else, has the greatest impact on how students perform academically. So we want to work closely with our teachers and help them to recognize the “power of a teacher”.
We want our schools to be a place where children want to be and a place where parents want to send their children. I am excited about this school year and look forward to partnering with parents and businesses to make this the best year yet for Bladen County Schools. We encourage you to visit our schools and provide us feedback on how we can improve to meet the needs of all children. #YesToBCS
Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D.
Bladen County Schools Superintendent