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The Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project – an incentive-based project offering financial awards for each employee of the highest ranked elementary school – will award $50,000 to the staff at Greenwood Elementary School.

Launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation, Head of Class is the first initiative to offer financial incentives in North Carolina to school staff for enhanced student academic performance. Awards for the 82 members of the Greenwood staff will range from approximately $270 to $1,000 depending on the position. Each school employee – the principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award.

“In our second year, we are proud the Head of Class Project can continue to support teachers, administrators and staff for their contributions to a more educated Lee County,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation. “Our success, in the long-term, will be realized whether our students move on to esteemed colleges and universities or develop careers in trades, manufacturing or the military, they will help build a more economically sound Lee County. The Head of Class project is another building block in the successful Pre K-14 model in Lee County.”

The Lee County Education Foundation worked with leaders of Lee County Schools to establish criteria for the award. The key assessment factors are measurable improvements in academic performance.

National leaders in education policy praised the Lee County Education Foundation’s non-profit initiative at its launch in August 2010. A distinguished panel – including Gov. Beverly Perdue, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson, Chairman of the State Board of Education Dr. Bill Harrison, former N.C. Governors Jim Hunt and Jim Holshouser, as well as former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley – attended the initial announcement.

Each year, the project awards $50,000 to the faculty and staff of the best performing elementary school in Lee County. Lee County Education Foundation has generated a $1 million endowment supported by non-tax dollars, money raised through individual and corporate donors, to fund The Head of Class Project award.

Representatives from Lee County Education Foundation and Lee County Schools will gather at Greenwood Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:00am to present a check to Principal Vicki Haislip with the award.

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