Board News:  New Principal Named at Roanoke Rapids Early College High School

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Superintendent Dr. Dain Butler has named Belmont Elementary School Assistant Principal Jance Moody as the new principal of the Roanoke Rapids Early College High School.  Moody, who will begin August 1, is replacing Tammie Williams who is retiring.  

“I’m ready and excited about this opportunity.  I look forward to creating a high school culture focused on achieving career, college, and life readiness for every student,” said Moody.  

Moody was named the district’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2020 and has more than a decade of experience in public education.  

“As an Assistant Principal, Mr. Moody has demonstrated the skills and most importantly, the heart required to lead RRECHS forward,” said Butler.  

RRECHS will be graduating its first class May 21 with many of its students receiving both a high school diploma and associate degree from Halifax Community College.  

In other news, the Board approved summer school to begin June 3, 2021.  This year’s summer school will focus on learning recovery and enrichment programs in an effort to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 for students identified as at-risk.  The program will focus heavily in the core subject areas of reading, math, and science.  

The Board also approved next year’s budget and agreed to keep the district’s current tax rate at 21.5 cents per one hundred dollar valuation the same for the next year.  

RRGSD will also use a portion of its Elementary and Secondary School (K-12) Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), authorized by Section 313 of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act 2021 for HVAC renovations and replacements at all of the district’s schools except Manning, which is a newly constructed facility.  The $6.2 million in renovations will improve air quality in the buildings.  The remaining approximate $10 million will be used to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students.  The money will be used for summer school, instructional supplies, hotspots, tablets, document cameras for in person and virtual learning, and additional software for students and teachers.  The district will also use a portion of the money to create five temporary district positions to provide targeted support over the next three years to identified students at all schools who experienced severe learning loss because of COVID-19.