Congratulations to the Class of 2017! This past weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate more than 2,300 graduates. Our Early College High School graduates kicked off the celebration last month. As our school system’s newest alumni, these young men and women are joining an outstanding group of citizens who are doing great things in their communities. We know they will continue that tradition of excellence as well.
We also offer our congratulations and thanks to our newest retirees. Earlier this month, we honored 86 colleagues and friends at our Celebration of Service. We appreciate their years of dedicated service and wish them all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
It’s been a great year in Cabarrus County Schools. It’s also been a busy year. We’ve enjoyed many successes:
- Opening and dedication of two new schools
- W.R. Odell Elementary School
- Cabarrus Early College of Technology, our district’s second early college
- Receiving our second i3 grant from the U.S. Department of Education
- State athletic championships in volleyball, basketball, swimming, diving, wrestling, and various track and field events
- Stellar performances and work from our fine arts programs recognized with high honors and awards at state and regional competitions
- Top finishes at state career and technical education competitions
- Numerous academic and professional awards and honors for our district, staff, and students
- Continuing and new partnerships with local businesses and organizations that support and benefit our students, staff, and district in a myriad of ways
Despite all of these accomplishments and accolades, there will be no lazy days of summer for us. We will spend our summer preparing for the new school year – completing the new Mount Pleasant Middle School, preparing all of our buildings and grounds, participating in professional development, and tackling the tough issue of how to handle the continued growth our district is experiencing. We are grateful for the support our County Commissioners have given us and value our collegial working relationship. But as we all know, construction takes time. The growth isn’t slowing down, and as a district, we are faced with having to manage it as best we can with the facilities we have. My staff and I don’t take these decisions lightly, and we are committed to doing what is best for the students in Cabarrus County Schools.
We hope you have an enjoyable, safe, and relaxing summer. We look forward to welcoming students on August 28th!
Christopher Lowder, Ed.D.