The principals are delighted to welcome the students again

The principals of Bladen County make the safety of their students a top priority, but they are happy to reinstate them in the buildings.

Tar Heel Middle School principal Teresa Coleman is ready to start the next school year, saying their open house on Thursday was very busy. She explained that they are ready to welcome 310 students when the doors open Monday morning.

Julia Burden was at Tar Heel Middle with her grandson Lacy Burden, 11, and she was enrolling him as a student for the first time.

Julia Burden grew up in the Bladen County community calling Plain View her home. She was thrilled to enroll her grandson in the county school.

“Bladen County has the best teachers,” she said. “They came from one nursing home to another nursing home. Teachers and principals are involved with their children. They care about their health, well-being and education. You cannot ask for a better school system.

The grandmother is happy that her grandchildren are staying in the county.

Bladen County Schools are looking for teachers in several schools.

Other parents visiting the open house at Tar Heel said their kids have been ready for back to school since the day it ended.

Coleman looks forward to the new school that will replace Tar Heel Middle within the next two years. For now, her plan is to get her students back into the building and make them feel safe in the classroom. Her main focus for the year is communication and making sure parents are fully aware of what’s going on.

“We’re going to do what’s best for the students,” said Vanessa Ruffin, principal of Bladenboro Middle School. “Every child, every day.”

Ruffin said Bladenboro is focused on the needs of students. The college will accommodate 279 students but Ruffin hopes to welcome at least 300 by the end of the year.

Most open houses were generally the same in essence as students were there to meet their teachers and sign up for extracurricular activities. Additionally, the students found out which class they were in, what their schedules would be, and which bus they should take if they planned to take the bus in the next school year.

In addition, all schools had an on-site vaccination clinic capable of vaccinating anyone over the age of 12 against COVID-19.

At Elizabethtown Middle School, Dr. Linda Baldwin will be the principal until December.

She greeted each student as they entered the school gymnasium for the open house. She explained to the students that although she did not anticipate bad behavior, discipline is something that is very important to her.

“I’m picky about behavior,” Baldwin told students. “You might not be a straight student, but you will know how to behave.”

East Bladen director Dr Jason Wray said he wanted to follow the protocols for the students. He wants to make sure his students are safe this year.

Wray explained that the open house was a way for students to see each other after not seeing each other for so long. It was therefore an opportunity to reconnect with friends before the start of the school year.

“The most important part is getting the students back into the building,” said West Bladen director Dr. Peggy Hester. “We want to engage students and understand where they are at, then accelerate them and bring them back to high school success. “

Brendaly Vega Davis can be reached at 910-247-9132 or [email protected]

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