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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: FEBRUARY 23, 2009

NCDPI SPONSORS STATEWIDE SCHOOL SAFETY CONFERENCE

45 "Super Safe" Schools Will Be Recognized During Annual Event

More than 600 parents, educators, school resource officers, law enforcement and others who work to create safe and healthy schools across North Carolina will gather in Raleigh this week for the 2009 Safe Schools and Character Education Conference. The annual conference is sponsored by NCDPI and takes place Feb. 25-27 at the Raleigh Convention Center (2 East South Street, Raleigh.)

As a part of the event, 45 North Carolina schools with decreased incidents of crime and violence will be recognized as 2008-09 Super Safe Schools. Also at the conference, Beverly Woods Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, will be named the 2009 North Carolina State School of Character.

"Keeping our schools safe and healthy requires a team effort from parents, schools and communities," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I commend all of these partners as well as our Super Safe Schools and Schools of Character for working so hard throughout the year to create learning environments in which all students can excel."

Conference attendees will participate in workshops on alternative education, building a positive school culture, gang awareness, dropout prevention and other issues related to school safety and character education. Featured speakers include North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, former SBI Director and Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan Beatty and Secretary of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Linda Hayes. For a complete agenda, visit www.ncpublicschools.org/safeschools/conferences/.

During the conference, 45 North Carolina schools that have made extra efforts to maintain a safe, orderly and caring learning and working environment will be named as 2008-09 Super Safe Schools. To enter the competition, school leaders must submit a portfolio highlighting their safety initiatives. Winners are selected on the basis of application data and possible on-site visits. To learn more about the Super Safe Schools recognition program, visit www.ncpublicschools.org/safeschools/applications/triples/.

The 2009 North Carolina School of Character will also be honored during the conference. Beverly Woods Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, was selected for the recognition because school leaders successfully used a character education initiative to improve student behavior, school climate and academic performance. The school may also be nominated compete for a National School of Character award and a grant worth up to $10,000.

For more information on the Safe Schools and Character Education Conference, the Super Safe Schools and/or the North Carolina Schools of Character awards programs, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

Following is the schedule for when schools will be recognized during the conference.


2008-09 Super Safe Schools receiving recognition at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26:

  • Northeastern High School, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools
  • Perquimans High School, Perquimans County Schools
  • Perquimans Middle School, Perquimans County Schools
  • Perquimans Central School, Perquimans County Schools
  • Greene Central High School, Greene County Schools
  • Greene County Middle School, Greene County Schools
  • Snow Hill Primary, Greene County Schools
  • West Greene Elementary School, Greene County Schools
  • Maysville Elementary School, Jones County Public Schools
  • South Lenoir High School, Lenoir County Public Schools
  • Chowan Middle School, Edenton-Chowan Schools
  • White Oak Elementary School, Edenton-Chowan Schools
  • Reedy Creek Elementary School, Wake County Public School System
  • Vandora Springs Elementary School, Wake County Public School System
  • Running Creek Elementary School, Stanly County Schools


2009 North Carolina School of Character receiving recognition at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26:

  • Beverly Woods Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Winter Park Elementary School, New Hanover County Schools (Honorable Mention)


2008-09 Super Safe Schools receiving recognition at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 26:

  • Northwoods Park Middle School, Onslow County School System
  • Carolina Forest Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Jacksonville Commons Middle School, Onslow County School System
  • Queens Creek Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Hunters Creek Middle School, Onslow County School System
  • Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Southwest High School, Onslow County School System
  • Sand Ridge Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Blue Creek Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Summersill Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • Parkwood Elementary School, Onslow County School System
  • New Bridge Middle School, Onslow County School System
  • Dixon High School, Onslow County School System
  • Swansboro High School, Onslow County School System
  • Clinton High School, Clinton City Schools


2008-09 Super Safe Schools receiving recognition at 12 p.m. on Feb. 27:

  • Southside Ashpole Elementary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Tanglewood Elementary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • East Robeson Primary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Oxendine Elementary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Magnolia Elementary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Rowland Norment Elementary School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Orrum Middle School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Rowland Middle School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • East Forsyth Middle School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Mount Holly Middle School, Gaston County Schools
  • Weddington High School, Union County Public Schools
  • Monroe High School, Union County Public Schools
  • Weddington Middle School, Union County Public Schools
  • Sandy Ridge Elementary School, Union County Public Schools
  • Lake Norman High School, Iredell-Statesville Schools

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.