Carleen Goodwin

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees approved a recommendation Tuesday night to name the Roanoke Rapids High School softball field after Ms. Carleen Goodwin. Ms. Goodwin is a beloved former RRHS teacher and softball coach, who spent 31 years at the high school. She spoke after the recommendation was passed unanimously and thanked the board, staff, and friends who had come to support her, including Lynn and Patty Little. “Roanoke Rapids High School is dear to my heart and it is my home. My blood really is black and gold. I am thankful and grateful to have worked in such a unique and special place and this truly is an honor,” said Goodwin. 

Additionally, Julie Thompson, Superintendent, announced that she and her team had been working on a Needs Based Capital Fund Grant Application. This endeavor was approved by the Halifax County Commissioners and the grant has been submitted. If approved, this grant will allow RRGSD to build a new pre-kindergarten center between Manning Elementary School and the track. Vision 2035, RRGSD’s Strategic Plan, was also presented by Thompson for approval at the meeting. Thompson stated, “Together, we succeed by building opportunities and fostering community for each student to reach their full potential.” 

In other news, the RRGSD Board of Trustees voted to extend Mrs. Thompson’s employment contract for an additional year. The extension will take her through 2026.