The Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project – an incentive-based project offering financial awards for each employee of the highest ranked elementary school – will award $50,000 to the staff at Greenwood Elementary School.
Launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation, Head of Class is the first initiative to offer financial incentives in North Carolina to school staff for enhanced student academic performance. Awards for the 82 members of the Greenwood staff will range from approximately $270 to $1,000 depending on the position. Each school employee – the principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award.
“In our second year, we are proud the Head of Class Project can continue to support teachers, administrators and staff for their contributions to a more educated Lee County,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation. “Our success, in the long-term, will be realized whether our students move on to esteemed colleges and universities or develop careers in trades, manufacturing or the military, they will help build a more economically sound Lee County. The Head of Class project is another building block in the successful Pre K-14 model in Lee County.”
The Lee County Education Foundation worked with leaders of Lee County Schools to establish criteria for the award. The key assessment factors are measurable improvements in academic performance.
National leaders in education policy praised the Lee County Education Foundation’s non-profit initiative at its launch in August 2010. A distinguished panel – including Gov. Beverly Perdue, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson, Chairman of the State Board of Education Dr. Bill Harrison, former N.C. Governors Jim Hunt and Jim Holshouser, as well as former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley – attended the initial announcement.
Each year, the project awards $50,000 to the faculty and staff of the best performing elementary school in Lee County. Lee County Education Foundation has generated a $1 million endowment supported by non-tax dollars, money raised through individual and corporate donors, to fund The Head of Class Project award.
Representatives from Lee County Education Foundation and Lee County Schools will gather at Greenwood Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:00am to present a check to Principal Vicki Haislip with the award.
B.T. Bullock Elementary named first winner
Of new, incentive-centered Lee County public school initiative
Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project
Will award all Bullock employees with share of $50,000 award
SANFORD, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011 – The innovative incentive program created last year for Lee County public schools – offering financial awards for each employee of the elementary school that ranked highest during the past year – will award $50,000 to the staff at Benjamin T. Bullock Elementary School.
The Head of Class Project is a non-profit initiative supporting incentive-based school achievement launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation. Head of Class is the first North Carolina initiative to offer financial incentives to school staff for improved student academic performance.
Education leaders have described the incentive program as a potential pacesetter for public education. Awards for about 78 members of the Bullock Elementary staff will range from approximately $1,000 to $265 depending on the position. Every employee– principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award.
“We could not be more pleased with the Head of Class Project and the achievement of the team at Bullock Elementary,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation. “The success created by the principal, teachers, staff and students help us bring our objective to life: incentive-based recognition is possible and meaningful in public education.”
Dr. Jeffrey C. Moss, superintendent of Lee County Schools, said the incentive program helped raise scores at all the elementary schools. “This program has been a success in every way in Lee County,” Moss said. “The Head of Class program may well become a model in the future. And in the short term, we hope to expand it to all schools in our own district.”
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Incentive award to support Lee County students, rewards entire school
SANFORD, N.C.—Aug. 26, 2010— National leaders in education policy assembled in Sanford today to announce The Lee County Education Foundation’s non-profit initiative supporting incentive-based school achievement. The Lee County Education Foundation announced the creation of The Head of Class Project, its flagship public-private partnership.
SANFORD, N.C. - On the first day of school, students in grades three through five at B. T. Bullock and Deep River Elementary Schools found themselves with a new tool for learning – a laptop computer.
On July 20, the Lee County Board of Education approved expansion of the 1:1 laptop initiative to pilot programs at the elementary schools. The Board also approved the purchase of laptops for students and teachers at Southern Lee High School. The 1:1 laptop initiative began last year in the district’s three middle schools and has been enthusiastically received by both students and teachers at the schools.