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Dec 11

Aaron Spence selected as new Superintendant

When Aaron Spence arrives in February as the new Superintendent of Moore County Schools, he will take over a 22-campus system with a mixed record judging by this years S-A-T Scores . For example, on the test’s critical reading and math portion, the county averaged a score of 1,025, 23 points lower than last year’s average. Nevertheless, Moore County’s scores in reading and math were still higher than the national average. On the test’s writing portion, Moore County scored 481, down 13 points from last year, but still beat the state and national average. Susan Purser, who is retiring as Superintendent this month, says she is happy to see the school system maintaining scores above the state and national average. The county’s slight drop in scores over the last two years is part of a larger national trend, which the college board attributes to the fact that a wider range of students are taking the test nationally. Purser says the increased numbers could possibly indicate more students are pursuing a college degree. For Incoming Superintendent Spence, who will be on the job starting in February, taking Moore County Students to the next level, should be right up his alley. He comes fresh from overseeing the operation of 35 high schools in Houston, Texas. During his time as Chief High School Officer, the district’s 200,000 students saw an increase in science and math scores, while graduation rates rose to historic highs. Before settling on Spence, who holds a Doctorate In Educational Administration and Supervision, The Moore County School Board interviewed more than 25 highly qualified candidates. Said School Board Chairman Kathy Farren this week, announcing the selection, “Doctor Spence stood out from the very beginning.”
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