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Alexander County Schools Opening Session Held at Auditorium

          Approximately 650 school system faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Alexander Central Auditorium for the 2018-2019 Opening Session for Alexander County Schools on August 21.  

          School Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner welcomed school system employees, school board members, county administration, and county commissioners to the ceremony.  Special music for the event was provided by Jachin Jenkins and Nick Bowman, Alexander Early College students. Reverend Carol Yeager from Friendship Lutheran Church led the invocation for the event. The pledge of allegiance was led by Alexander Central High School Student Body Co-Presidents, Rhylie Rhyne and Jordan Mitchell.

          Executive Director of Auxiliary Services Dr. Alisha Cloer introduced school administrators, who then introduced new school personnel, and all school staff members at each of their respective schools.  School Board Chairman Scott Bowman made remarks on behalf of the Board of Education.  County Commissioner Chairman Ronnie Reese brought remarks on behalf of the County Commissioners. 

          Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner began her presentation titled, This is Our Year, by sharing several items of celebration.  She introduced the district level leadership team and indicated her theme this year is #LeadershipMatters. A video of the five celebration representatives: Classified Support Staff of the Year Nikki McClain, Beginning Teacher of the Year Justin Chandler, Teacher of the Year Amber Treadway, Principal of the Year Jason Evans, and Certified Support Staff of the Year Kelly This highlighted the importance of teamwork and extended wishes for a successful school year to the audience.

Dr. Hefner closed out the 2018-2019 Opening Session with a message about the power of the fist.  Dr. Hefner shared Coach Krzyzewski’s analogy of the fist and teamwork.   The analogy identifies fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring, and pride, each represented by a finger on the fist.