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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: FEBRUARY 20, 2003


Thirty-seven North Carolina public schools today were recognized as "2002-03 Super Safe Schools" for providing a safe learning environment for children and educators. These schools received their awards during a luncheon ceremony at the fifth annual Safe, Orderly and Caring Schools Conference being held at the Sheraton Imperial, Research Triangle Park.

The Triple "S" School Award was established by the Department of Public Instruction’s School Improvement Division to recognize public schools’ exemplary efforts to ensure the safety of students and staff. "If you want students to achieve at their optimum levels, you must first provide a safe learning and working environment," State Superintendent Mike Ward said. "I applaud the efforts of these schools for going beyond the minimum to ensure that their students and teachers have the optimum atmosphere in which to excel."

Super Safe Schools for 2002-03 are:

  • Glade Creek Elementary (Alleghany County Schools);
  • North Asheboro Middle (Asheboro City Schools);
  • Saint Stephens Elementary (Catawba County Schools);
  • Butler Avenue Elementary (Clinton City Schools)
  • Langdon C. Kerr Elementary (Clinton City Schools);
  • Clinton High (Clinton City Schools);
  • West Greene Elementary (Greene County Schools);
  • Ocracoke School (Hyde County Schools);
  • Pineville Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools);
  • Coopers Elementary (Nash-Rocky Mount Schools);
  • Winstead Avenue Elementary (Nash-Rocky Mount Schools);
  • Perquimans Central (Perquimans County Schools);
  • East Robeson Primary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Pembroke Middle (Robeson County Schools);
  • Red Springs High (Robeson County Schools);
  • Peterson Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Rosenwald Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Rowland Norment Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Tanglewood Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • West Lumberton Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Lumberton Senior High (Robeson County Schools);
  • Oxendine Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Magnolia Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Green Grove Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • L. Gilbert Carroll Middle (Robeson County Schools);
  • Prospect School (Robeson County Schools);
  • Saint Pauls Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Saint Pauls Middle (Robeson County Schools);
  • Parkton Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Union Elementary (Robeson County Schools);
  • Littlefield Middle (Robeson County Schools);
  • Scotland High (Scotland County Schools);
  • Wingate Elementary (Union County Schools);
  • Marvin Elementary (Union County Schools);
  • Shiloh Elementary (Union County Schools);
  • Pinkston Street Elementary (Vance County Schools); and
  • Vandora Springs Elementary (Wake County Schools).

To receive recognition as a Super Safe School, schools voluntarily submit a portfolio documenting the safety processes they have in place. On-site visits also are conducted prior to final recommendations. In recognition of their achievement, each school will receive a plaque designating them as a Triple "S" School for 2002-03.

For further information on the Super Safe School Program, please contact Marguerite Peebles, Section Chief, Instructional Support/Safe Schools, DPI, 919.807.3940


About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.