GCS Moves from Four Regions to 12 Learning Areas
School Support Officers will lead each of the learning areas
August 24, 2017 – Guilford County Schools will start the school year with a new structure for school support, replacing the system of four geographic regions with 12 learning areas. Each of the learning areas will be supervised by a school support officer (SSO), including Kendra March, the newest school support officer approved by the Board of Education on Thursday.
The new structure, which aligns to extensive research regarding effective schools and instructional leadership, will provide greater support to principals as the district works together to improve learning and life outcomes for all children.
“Teaching, learning and leading schools are the core business of the district, and we have to invest more in these areas if we want to see our students make significant gains in academic achievement and if we’re going to close the gaps that exist between various groups of students,” says Sharon L. Contreras, GCS superintendent.
March joins the district from Rochester City School District in New York, where she was deputy superintendent of teaching and learning. She is no stranger to North Carolina, having worked as a school transformation coach with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and an instructional improvement officer in Guilford County Schools.
March will lead Elementary Area 2, which comprises Brightwood, Brooks Global, Cone, General Greene, Irving Park, Jesse Wharton, Joyner, McNair, Northern, Rankin and Sternberger elementary schools.
Other Learning Areas are:
Area 13 will be led by our assistant superintendent for exceptional children and consists of schools providing specialized education services.