State Superintendent of Schools
visits Bladen -
June St.Clair Atkinson, North Carolina
Superintendent of Public Instruction, was in Bladen
County Tuesday, the first visit by anyone in that
position in many years.
Dr. Atkinson visited
classrooms in several local schools and met with the
CTE Business Partnership Advisory Council at
Shortly after arrival Tuesday
morning she was in a classroom at Elizabethtown
Primary School accompanied by Dr. Robert Taylor and
members of his administrative team and Alan West, a
member of the Board of Education.
Ruffin, Assistant Principal at Elizabethtown
Primary, welcomed the group to the school and
accompanied Dr. Atkinson to several classrooms where
she could interact with students and teachers.
She visited Elizabethtown Middle and later at Dublin
and West Bladen High School.
luncheon was attended by numerous representatives of
the business community and Bladen Community College.
Dr. William Findt, President of BCC said he
was pleased about the partnership with the local
public schools. The number of students doing a
dual enrollment has increased each year, he said.
Dr. Robert Taylor introduced Dr. Atkinson and
said she had the toughest job in the state, fighting
the fight for education.
She spoke of her
early years as a student working in various jobs
paying her way through college and how she used her
earlier experiences in business and career education
to receive a scholarship at Radford University in
Dr. Atkinson praised the career
education efforts when local schools work with
Community Colleges. It helps students to work
with adults as role models.
Technical Education) is important she stated.
She spoke of learning to type on an old Underwood
typewriter. Some students progress through
the programs more quickly than others. For
some students and careers, credentialing is more
important than a degree. The local school
systems are headed in the right direction, according
to the speaker.
She said the statewide high
school graduation rate is now at 84% a huge increase
over a few years ago when it was 68%, but there are
more miles to go.
Dr. Atkinson described the
CTE program as being "tough work, but worth doing."
Other speakers on the program were Mrs. Sondra
H. Guyton, Continuing Ed at Bladen Community College
and Mrs Willa Dean Williams, CTE Director, Bladen
Mrs.Tiina Mundy, BCC
Director of Human Resources, was the moderator.