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Superintendent's Message
Welcome to the Screven County School System!

On behalf of the Screven County Board of Education, our faculty, staff, and employees, I welcome you to our school system. I find it an honor to serve as Superintendent of Screven County Schools. At the Screven County School System, we have a strong tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities and we are eager to share some highpoints with you.

Serving as Superintendent of Schools since 2012, I have been with Screven County School System for over 35 years. Previous roles that I have fulfilled include teacher, school administrator, and Assistant Superintendent of Operations to include Transportation, Building and Grounds Maintenance, Technology Support and Food Service. This intimate knowledge of school system workings at all levels has given me the opportunity to serve and truly know the students, the school system staff, and the citizens of our county. I am very proud of this school system. I have strong feelings of ownership and loyalty to this system. As Superintendent, I have a great desire to use shared governance to guide the school system as it progresses on its pathway of excellence in all areas.

The purpose of SCSS is to prepare all students to graduate and become positive, productive members of society. Screven County Board of Education is the second largest employer in the county with almost 300 employees and nearly 2400 students. The system consists of one school each at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, all of which are accredited by AdvancEd. Our priority is to create a climate that instills in students a desire to learn and a willingness to discover their passion. By taking advantage of all the opportunities at our schools, students prepare for future success after high school in post-secondary education or direct entry into the workforce. Resources that we offer students are exceptional for a school system our size. We are privileged to have talented, hardworking, and dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators. The level of enthusiasm and professionalism of our employees reflects our desire and commitment to empower all of our students to succeed.

A reflection of this success is evident in our numbers. Screven County High School graduation rate in 2014 was 81.5%, significantly higher than Georgia’s overall state rate of72.6%. In 2015, we had 25% of our seniors take the CTAE (Career, Technical and Agriculture Education) End of Pathway Assessment. Of these, 86% passed compared to the Georgia’s state average is 65%. The graduating class of 2015 had 25% of the students to qualify as Honor Graduates. Screven County Elementary School recently began a National Honor Society Chapter for fourth and fifth grade students. In additional to academic excellence, our school system has a full array of athletics, extracurricular and co-curricular clubs, and band programs. Our middle school and high school have outstanding athletic programs which consistently win region championships in several of the athletic areas.

Providing instructional technology tools for faculty and students is a major focus. We pride ourselves on a fast and robust infrastructure with bandwidth to accommodate a growing technology. The vast majority of our classrooms are equipped with SMART interactive Boards and computer labs are located throughout the buildings. A recent technology accomplishment that we are proud of is the rollout of a one-to-one Chromebook initiative in fourth through eighth grades. Technology continues to be a tool to foster and enable student-driven learning.

Thanks for letting me highlight just a few of the positive accolades that are happening in the Screven County School System. Great accomplishments happen when we partner together with all our stakeholders: community members, families, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and you! We invite you to explore our system further and decide to take an active role in helping Screven County Schools be a safe place where everyone matters, everyone learns, and everyone succeeds.

Sincerely,

William Bland, Superintendent
Screven County School System