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DCS Holds Strategic Plan Annual Review


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA- May 11, 2018- Duplin County Schools held its Strategic Plan Annual Review this week at Kenansville Elementary School. The event provides all stakeholders with the opportunity to review the school system’s strategic plan, share accomplishments, and suggest next steps.

Kenansville Elementary School Principal Debra Hunter welcomed everyone and East Duplin High School Principal Scott Ballard shared the invocation. Duplin County Board of Education Chairman Brent Davis brought greetings and appreciation on behalf of the Board, thanking everyone for their service to the county, the school system, and the students. He noted the Board’s commitment to trying to protect employees while at the same time meeting budget constraints.

The 5-Year Strategic Plan, aligned with the NC State Board of Education’s Strategic Plan, contains five strategic goals, which serve as a roadmap that guides Duplin County Schools. The five goals are:

  1. Student academic success for every Pre-K – 13 student is a priority for Duplin County Schools.
  2. All students will receive a personalized education through access to STEM, career, college, and digital learning.
  3. Every student will be instructed and supported by excellent and innovative leaders, teachers, and personnel.
  4. Develop and maintain strategic partnerships supported by 21st Century financial, business, and technology systems.
  5. Provide safe and nurturing facilities for all Pre-K – 13 students and staff.

Accomplishments shared by attendees will be used to comprise the school system’s Annual Report to the Community. Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan will analyze suggested next steps and make recommendations to the Board to guide future work.

Superintendent Obasohan led the question and answer session and gave thanks to everyone for their hard work and to the Board for its continued support of Duplin County Schools. He also thanked community members and parents. Additionally, Dr. Obasohan introduced Senior Diego Benitez, a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and invited him to share his thoughts.

Benitez, who is planning to attend Appalachian State University and major in international business, thanked everyone, especially his former teachers and administrators. He said he can never repay all that Duplin County Schools has done for him and he will work to make everyone proud and to truly make a difference in the world. It was evident that he is a humble, thankful leader who will fulfill his promise.

Board Member Pam Edwards said, “It makes me so proud when we have a student who stands up and says these things. I am so proud of everyone in Duplin County Schools. We are committed to keeping teachers and teacher assistants in the classrooms. As I go around the state and nation, so many school systems do not have what we have. You are a special group and we should consider ourselves fortunate.”

Shortly before Reverend Dr. A.J. Connors closed in prayer, Chairman Davis gave some additional closing remarks. “The Board and I are extremely proud of this facility project that was completed. It was amazing to see the maintenance, custodial, School Resource Officers transportation and everybody pull together across this school system to make this happen. I can’t say enough how much we appreciate it. I especially want to thank Mr. Ronald Moore and Mr. Roger Jones. I also want to give Dr. Obasohan a lot of thanks. He works extremely hard and puts in a lot of hours for our school system.”