The Mooresville Graded School District is starting the new school year with a new superintendent.
Mark Edwards, superintendent for the past nine years, has retired and Stephen Mauney has been chosen as his replacement.
Mauney has worked in the district for more than two decades moving through the ranks as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Most recently he served as the Executive Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technology Education.
Public communications officer Tanae McLean said Mauney is invested in the district as an educator and a parent. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children in the Mooresville Graded School District.
McLean said the district is in the middle of a $40 million bond project that is renovating and adding on to Mooresville High School. The project will include the addition of 46 new classrooms. The career and technical program will move from the Woods campus across town so that all high school and career and technical courses will be housed in one location.
The Woods campus will be converted to offices.
McLean said the high school teachers are enjoying the challenges the construction brings, and sporting shirts that read, “Mooresvillle High School – Etc” with the Etc standing for “Embrace the Chaos’.
“It is chaotic right now, but everyone is being very flexible. It’s going to be a great year,” McLean said.
To keep up with district news or get all the back to school information, McLean encourages parents and students to visit www.mgsd.k12.nc.us or to follow the district on social media.
Iredell Statesville schools public information officer Susie Wiberg says the system continues to work hard to build on programs implemented in the past few years, and have added a few new initiatives.
Coddle Creek Elementary is now an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, adopting a more stringent standardized curriculum recognized worldwide. Wiberg said the staff voted for the change to better challenge their students and prepare them for the future. When they complete elementary school, those students will feed into the middle and high school IB programs if they so choose.
Scotts Elementary is now designated an A+ Arts Integrated School. That means arts are integrated into every facet of the curriculum. Again, Wiberg said, the staff voted to adopt the new format, stressing the importance of a holistic education.
New programs are being added to the Career and Technical Academy, and the iAcadmy – an online school – continues to provide options for home-school students and parents.
The English/Spanish Dual Immersion program has added a sixth and seventh grade to East Iredell Middle School to accommodate the upcoming students who completed the program in East Elementary.
To help alleviate beginning of the year paperwork, applications for free and reduced price lunch are now available online. Wiberg encourages parents to go to www.iss.k12.nc.us for that application and other important back to school information, including supply lists and open house information.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.