Monday, December 12, 2016

Students Giving Back

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

5 Skills for Student Success

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stakeholder Input Continues

Monday, November 21, 2016


(VIDEO) - This Thanksgiving let us all remember to have an #AttitudeofGratitude.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Celebrate American Education Week

(VIDEO) - Be sure to help your school celebrate American Education Week! #aew2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

JCS Scores Above National Average

(VIDEO) - JCS scored above national average in reaccreditation process......

Monday, October 31, 2016

Clarification on Make Up Days

(VIDEO) - Governor McCrory requests that missed days be waived by legislature.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Digital Citizenship

(VIDEO) - Students brush up on responsible social media skills with toothpaste activity.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Regular Schedule

(VIDEO) - Schools to operate on regular schedule on Oct. 19. Please be safe as you travel.....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Satellite Bus Stops

(VIDEO) - For many students satellite bus stops will be necessary for immediate future.....

Friday, October 14, 2016

Make Up Days/Survey Results:

(VIDEO) - Make up days for schools are decided after survey results are counted......

Hurricane Matthew Make-Up Days

Traditional Calendar

  • Adding 10 minutes to the instructional day effective October 24, 2016
  • October 18, 2016, now a full day since we will operate on a 2 hour delay
  • October 31, 2016, now a regular student day
  • In order to maintain a “215 calendar,” two workdays will be added to the end of the year (June 16 & 19)

Year Round Calendar

  • Adding 10 minutes to the instructional day effective October 24, 2016
  • October 18, 2016, now a full day since we will operate on a 2 hour delay
  • January 9, 2017, now a regular student day
  • In order to maintain a “215 calendar,” two workdays will be added to the end of the year (June 14 & 15)

EC/MC/CTLA Calendar

  • October 10 - Closed. Workday moved to May 24, 2017.
  • October 11 - Closed. Workday moved to May 25, 2017.
  • October 12 - AL as originally scheduled.
  • October 13 - AL as originally scheduled.
  • October 14 - AL as originally scheduled.

*These options preserve most workdays, Christmas and Spring breaks for all calendars, and keep the last student day on June 8, 2017.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Preparing for Next Week:

(VIDEO) - Bus routes are being modified to avoid road hazards from flood waters........

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Power Returns to Schools

(VIDEO) - JCS closes for students to prepare for their return on Monday, Oct. 17.....

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Damage

(VIDEO) - Two-thirds of the schools in Johnston County are without power and water.....

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

(VIDEO) - Now is the time to focus on our families and community. #turnarounddontdrown......

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shadow a Student

Shadow a Student: (VIDEO) - #shadowastudent initiative sees pockets of success throughout Johnston County........

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reporting Fraud

(VIDEO) - JCS to begin accepting anonymous tips online regarding fraud & waste on Oct. 1st......

Monday, September 19, 2016

Robotics, Fire Science, and My Barber

(VIDEO) - Updates from the Board of Education meeting and other news.....

Monday, September 12, 2016

Remembering September 11th

(VIDEO) - Thank you @SSS_Spartans for today's September 11th Remembrance Ceremony.....

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day

(VIDEO) - Happy Labor Day. We had a great start to school last week! #AttitudeofGratitude.....

Monday, August 29, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude

(VIDEO) - Let us all begin the new school year with an #AttitudeofGratitude #joco2020.....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mayoral Partnership

(VIDEO) - Meeting with Johnston County mayors proves beneficial for everyone. #joco2020.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Preparing for New Year

(VIDEO) - Teachers reporting back to school this week to prepare for new school year.....

Monday, August 8, 2016

Teach Like a Pirate

(VIDEO) - 500 JCS teachers participate in "Teach Like a Pirate" professional development...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Additional Salary Information

(VIDEO) - State Budget includes pay raises for Classified and Certified Staff.....

Salary Increases:
According to the budget that Governor McCrory signed (House Bill 1030), Teachers and Instructional Support receive a step increase. Increases including the step: range from 2.1% to 13.1% Average increase 4.7%. No Bonus.

Assistant Principals and Principals steps are increased by an average of 1.5% with a bonus of 0.5% (not subject to retirement) to be paid out in October 2016.

Non-certified/Classified Staff and Central Office Permanent full time personnel who were employed in 2015-16 will receive a 1.5% increase with a bonus 0.5% (not subject to retirement) to be paid out in October 2016.

You can learn more about House Bill 1030 here:

July checks for 12 month certified personnel (teachers, instructional support, principals and assistant principals) will have the raises reflected in them.

Non-certified personnel (classified staff) and Central Office personnel who are eligible for the 1.5% raise, will not see this raise in their July check.  Due to time constraints, the non-certified/classified salary schedule was not updated prior to the July checks being deposited.  The August checks should reflect the correct amounts for the non-certified/classified and Central Office. The retro amount back to July will be included in the August paycheck as well.

August checks will include all salary increases for all employees.

Thank you for all you do!

Monday, July 25, 2016

State Budget Includes Raises

(VIDEO) - The approved 2016-2017 State Budget includes pay raises for employees.....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Year Round School Begins

(VIDEO) - Buses on the road Thursday for West & South Smithfield elementary schools.....

Monday, July 11, 2016


(VIDEO) JCS admins get ready for new year at 2016 Leadership Academy & some of my favorite quotes.....

Monday, July 4, 2016

Our Founding Fathers

(VIDEO) - Let's remember to be thankful for our Founding Fathers today. #IndependenceDay.....

Monday, June 27, 2016

Reading and Budget

(VIDEO) - News about reading, local supplement increases, year round schools, & the JCCTLA.....

Monday, June 20, 2016

Budget and Political Concerns

(VIDEO) - News about teacher supplements, year round schools, and lost funding.....

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Adopting a New Mindset

(VIDEO) - We need to adopt a growth mindset to be successful. #joco2020 #jocojourney.....

Thursday, June 9, 2016

End of the Year

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! Your future is our future. Make us proud!.....

Friday, June 3, 2016

JoCo 2020

What will quality classroom instruction look like in the year 2020? Find out in this week's blog.....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Thank You Parents

Thank you parents for your hard work! You are the reason our students are set for success......

Monday, May 16, 2016

Importance of Grit

#truegrit is a skill every student needs to develop in order to succeed in the 21st century.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Thank a JCS Employee

Remember to say thank you to a JCS employee this week #ThankATeacher

Monday, April 25, 2016

Flags for First Graders

As superintendent of JCS, I felt compelled to be a part of the distribution of American Flags today to clear up any misconceptions of JCS not partnering with groups like Woodman Life.

It was amazing to visit Cooper, West Smithfield, and Micro-Pine Level elementary schools today and pass out the greatest symbol that stands for the United States, our American Flag.

Partnering with Woodman Life brought smiles to all of the students faces as they received their very own flag. All of our students were well behaved on our visits, and the teachers, staff and administration are doing an excellent job in helping educate our students.

It was truly wonderful to be out and about inside the schools, where a superintendent is supposed to be.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy

#JCCTLA will be located on the campus of Clayton High School. The following video contains additional details regarding the county's newest innovative high school..........

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mascots named for Pine Level and Micro elementary schools

@MicroElem @MicroPineLevel #joco2020 ...................

Friday, March 18, 2016

Pursuit of Excellence Continues

Today's vlog features exciting news about our "Kitchen Table Conversations." Also included this post is news about the upcoming school visits by Woodmen of the World.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Patriotism in JCS

As Superintendent of Johnston County Schools, I am proud to serve a Board of Education that promotes patriotism.

All of our classrooms have the American flag displayed for use during the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited by students everyday through the direction of Board Policy.  All of our schools display the American Flag and the North Carolina Flag, and we encourage our students to participate in raising and lowering the flags as a part of their school and community service.

Patriotism for Johnston County Schools is not just about the displaying of flags in our classrooms and our schools; it is a part of the heart and culture of our schools. As a school system, we also have the honor and privilege of working closely with our veterans in preparation for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony, an event that has grown immensely over the past 11 years and has seen upwards of 2,000 in attendance.

Community involvement is important part of what makes Johnston County Schools great. In fact, local organizations like the Woodmen of the World have donated classroom flags to several of our schools in the past and have donated new American Flags for every school in Johnston County to help preserve the respect and honor that should be attributed to our Flag. In cooperation with The Tuscarora Council, boy scouts also helped Johnston County Schools to properly dispose of the older flags that had been replaced.

As we continue to encourage patriotism among our youth, we do ask that any group requesting to distribute flags work with administrative services at the central office in order to help gain approval and to help facilitate the process.

As Superintendent, I encourage open dialogue with all of our stakeholders.  Your voice is an important part of our community and school system and we want to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Celebrating Read Across America

Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting with many wonderful students during a special Read Across America school tour. I have always loved being in the schools, and I am looking forward to more visits in the future. If you have time to watch the following video, please do.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I'm Just Ross - A Special Video

March 1, 2016 Welcome!

A Message from the Superintendent

It is an honor to begin my services as Superintendent of Johnston County Schools. As your Superintendent, it is my goal to foster a flame for learning in each of our students, as well as empower them to become successful in our global society. These words continue to inspire the work of the district as we strive to provide a quality education to each student in every community.

As I transition into this new role, it is important that each stakeholder be afforded the opportunity for input as we plan for the future of Johnston County Schools. During the first 90 days as Superintendent, measures will be taken to involve stakeholders with opportunities to engage in reflection on their perception of our district’s strengths and needs. This input will serve to create goals and strategies for the future of our district.

As a life-long native of Johnston County, I am humbled and honored to serve you all in this capacity. I have had the pleasure to serve our school system for over 24 years. In my service to the district as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Superintendent, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with thousands of awesome students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community leaders. You all are our greatest resource! The support and involvement you demonstrate each day, continues to make our schools the best!