Feeling a little out of the loop since school let out? Don’t feel guilty. A lot happened since the last day of class at Union County Public Schools (June 6). Here’s a quick review:
June 6: South Providence School, an alternative school for middle and high school-age children, graduated at Central Academy of Technology & Arts.
June 8: Forest Hills and Monroe celebrated graduations at Wingate University, while Piedmont, Porter Ridge and Sun Valley turned tassels at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center. Piedmont students attracted $21.2 million in scholarships, followed by Cuthbertson (17.5 million) and Sun Valley ($15.1 million).
June 9: Weddington and Central Academy of Technology & Arts wished graduating seniors luck at Winthrop University. Weddington students generated $15 million in scholarships.
June 10: Students from Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge and Parkwood received diplomas at Winthrop University. Marvin Ridge’s 447 graduates amassed nearly $23 million in scholarships.
June 13: Union Academy’s school board voted to allow headmaster Ann Walters’ contract to expire on June 30 and use Carney Sandoe as the executive search firm to find her successor. The board tapped principals Jim Zorn, Emily McGinnis and Shannen Bretz to oversee operations until the new hire was made, according to meeting minutes.
June 17: Union County commissioners approved a $443.95 million budget that included $123.9 million for current expenses, capital funding debt services and other costs for Union County Public Schools. The budget allows for nine high school counselors and a lead middle school counselor position, among other things.
June 19: Leaders from across Union County Public Schools attended the three-day EmpowerEd Leadership Institute. Over the three days of training, principals engaged in a scavenger hunt and “Shark Tank”-inspired activity.
June 24: Kyle Durham, of Weddington High, was named the 2018-19 Gatorade North Carolina Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year for winning the state 800-meter run, helping the Warriors win a state title and other achievements.
June 24: Arella Flur, of Charlotte Latin, and Sayo Oni, of Central Academy of Technology & Arts, took part in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Matthew Hinson, of the Northwest School of the Arts, was recognized for winning the 2019 Inspiring Teacher Award.
June 28: Charlotte Media Group recognized Best Private School winners from its readers choice awards. Carmel Christian School won for Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, Metrolina Christian Academy won for Union County Weekly and Charlotte Country Day School won for South Charlotte Weekly.
July 1: Sun Valley Elementary became Shiloh Valley Primary (K-2), while Shiloh Elementary become Shiloh Valley Elementary (3-5).
July 1: Daniel Lugo began his tenure as president of Queens University of Charlotte. He previously served as vice president of college advancement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
July 1: Several principals began work at Union County Public Schools in July: Kasha Giddins (Monroe Middle), Elizabeth Allen (Parkwood Middle), Cindy Croffut (East Union Middle), Cassie Eley (Piedmont Middle School), Denny Ferguson (New Salem Elementary), Dylan Stamey (Piedmont High School), Terry Vaughn (Kensington Elementary) and Yubely Zolke (Waxhaw Elementary).
July 19: Over the county line, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox agreed to resign effective Aug. 2 for undisclosed reasons. The school board promoted community relations director Earnest Winston to succeed Wilcox.
July 22: Central Piedmont Community College announced that construction had finished at the Levine Campus in Matthews. This included construction of the 88,000-square-foot Levine III, which includes the Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall, as well as an expansion of the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology.
July 29: Union Academy Charter School held its first day of school. This year is especially meaningful due to it being the 20th year in school history.
July 30: Phil Dubois announced he was retiring as chancellor of UNC Charlotte effective June 2020. He has led the university for 15 years.