Gaston County Schools will operate again this summer on a four-day, 10-hours a day work week beginning Monday, June 19. School and central level offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All offices will be closed on Friday. Offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours run through Friday, August 11.
We will accept applications throughout the summer for the new Gaston County Virtual Academy, which is designed especially for middle school students (grades 6-8) who could benefit from school flexibility and personalized online learning. The Virtual Academy is ideal for students currently enrolled in home school programs, students who need a flexible school schedule because of athletics and other competitive activities, or students who experience difficulty with the transition from elementary school to middle school. Click here for more information and to apply online.
Once again, Gaston County Schools ranks as the safest large school district in North Carolina. Gaston’s school crime and violence rate of 3.740 is the lowest among the state’s ten largest school districts (based on student enrollment). Additionally, our rate is lower than the state rate for the seventh consecutive year, which shows that our on-going, concentrated focus on comprehensive school safety is paying off. Click here to read more.
All of the money collected during our “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign has been counted, and the grand total is $21,952.31. The total far exceeds our goal to have each of our 54 schools raise $200, which shows the true spirit of caring and giving in Gaston County Schools. The money will be given to school districts in eastern North Carolina to help children and their families who are recovering from Hurricane Matthew.
Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker was one of eight regional superintendents of the year honored on Thursday, November 17 during the N.C. School Boards Association’s annual conference and awards ceremony in Greensboro. He and the other superintendents were officially recognized in front of hundreds of school district representatives from across the state. Booker is the Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year for 2016-2017, representing the 11 school districts in the greater Charlotte area.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the School Report Cards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The report cards highlight state, district, and school information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology. Click here to access the School Report Cards for Gaston County Schools.