Losing a 30 year employee to retirement would be tough for any organization. With the close of the 2015-16 academic year, Lee County Schools is losing two of them. Anne Knuth, SanLee Middle School, and Cathy Oldham, West Lee Middle School, have a combined 60 years of teaching experience, and all of that is in Lee County.
Steven Ross, long-time assistant principal at Middle Creek High School in Wake County, has been named principal of Lee County High School effective July 1, 2016.
Five years ago, Shakeel Harris stood in front of Lee Early College's class of 2011 as its student commencement speaker. Next week, he'll be doing the same thing, only this time he'll be doing it as an alumni speaker kicking off a new tradition at the school's graduation ceremonies. “This is kind of full circle for me,” said Harris, who after leaving Lee Early College graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science and is now pursuing a master's degree in divinity from Duke. “It's just an honoring and humbling experience.”
Fourth- and fifth-graders from all seven LCS elementary schools battled it out last week to showcase their love of reading. Participants answered questions on 18 different books they had to read throughout the year.
Whether it's doing the torch run for the opening ceremony of this year's Special Olympics or serving as a graduation marshal next month, Lee County High School junior Michael Crumpton has a busy month ahead of him. Crumpton, 18, is on the autism spectrum. But that hasn't stopped him from achieving – excelling, actually – in sports (he's a member of the school's track and cross country teams; an avid runner who's just recently broken the five-minute mile) and academically (he has the top GPA in his program of study, leading Lee County High School Principal Kenna Wilson to name him one of 40 graduation marshals).
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