Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015
American Education Week - November 16-20, 2015
Friday, November 20 - District Staff Appreciation Day
Central office personnel provide services to schools to support district-wide initiatives to increase rigor and improve academic success.
Patty Fox, Coordinator, Performance and Assessment Systems, Human Resources
Patty Fox’s willingness to take on additional tasks speaks volumes for her work ethic and commitment to the district and community. Members of her team have tremendous respect for her efforts to improve professional development and to ensure quality evaluation procedures. With Fox’s leadership, District programs from teacher recruitment to hiring administrative level positions have recruited the best and brightest candidates.
Lisa Belt, Secretary, Curriculum and Staff Development, Special Education Services
Mrs. Belt has implemented countless streamlined processes, including a system to handle all of the district’s ordering, distributing and collecting duplicate text books. She developed a system to ensure accurate information regarding the number of students with 504 plans as well as a way to track departmental offerings in professional development. The information she gathers has been critical to assess the success of the department and to plan for long-range needs.
Ken Arnold, Director, Social Work and Attendance Services
Ken Arnold supervises social workers, attendance officers, a dropout prevention specialist, and a homeless liaison. For families in need, he and his team are lifesavers. “The attendance supervisors make home visits to ensure that students are attending school. Social workers meet the academic and personal needs of students, including clothing, glasses, and shoes,” he said. “Everybody is a professional and they know their jobs. So it’s not hard to be a supervisor when you have people that are committed to and love what they do.”
Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.
Greenville County Schools is celebrating American Education Week with other schools and districts across the nation during the week of November 16-20 with the theme Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.
Greenville County Schools, the nation’s 44th largest school district, understands and encourages the active involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community as our more than 5,000 teachers inspire young people to work together to educate college- and career-ready graduates.
Schools will host special events during the week to spotlight teachers and other staff. Parents and other community members are invited to visit a local school to observe the outstanding students, staff and programs of Greenville County Schools.
About Greenville County Schools
- Largest District in SC; 44th Largest in Nation
- More than 76,000 Students in Grades K-12
- The GCS Class of 2015 received $118.5 million in college scholarships.
- About 15% of our students attend school on choice, making GCS the state leader.
- GCS students scored above the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT College Entrance Tests.
- Nine out of 10 GCS juniors earned National Career Readiness Certificates.
- About 9,600 Employees; About 5,000 Teachers
- 99% of teachers are highly qualified content experts.
- GCS boasts more National Board Certified Teachers (667) than 24 states, and we rank 13th of 14,000 school districts in the nation for total number of NBCTs.
- Elementary - 51
- Middle - 20
- High - 14
- Centers - 17 (Career, Child Development, Special)