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Hefner wins state award

Hefner wins NCPSMA award
Dr. Denita Dowell-Reavis/Communications Director

Media Release 11.9.23

A professional organization is recognizing Alexander County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner as the Superintendent of the Year. North Carolina Public Schools Maintenance Association (NCPSMA) awarded Hefner the title November 9th at a ceremony in Statesville.

Hefner started her career in Alexander County Schools shortly after graduating from Alexander Central High School. She first served in the district as a teaching assistant and bus driver. Through the years, Hefner taught math, served as assistant principal, and principal. She then moved to Central Office staff as the curriculum director, interim assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, and then superintendent since 2014.

The NCPSMA takes nominations yearly from members and the public. Maintenance Director Chris Campbell appreciates Hefner’s work for the system, saying her support “allows my department to provide safe and functional facilities for the students and staff of Alexander County Schools”. He continues saying, Hefner is committed to helping each department accomplish the district’s motto of “Children First.”

The NCPSMA was founded in 1959 and now keeps up to date with legislation affecting school building and maintenance projects. The group’s goals are:

● To bring together at intervals those who are interested in the betterment of Public School Maintenance in North Carolina.

● To incorporate higher standards in the operation and maintenance of school buildings and grounds.

● To aid in securing and maintaining professional improvements for the betterment of its members.

● To cooperate with Parent Teacher Organizations and other educational and civic bodies having educational objectives; and to aid in conveying to the public the needs, problems, functions, and progress of Public School Maintenance.

NCPSMA is made up of eight districts across the state and Hefner is being honored for the statewide award.