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Chip Buckwell, Ed.D.

Exciting things are happening in Kannapolis City Schools, and we’re thrilled to welcome everyone back for another great school year!


During 2016-2017, we will launch our Engineering Academy at A.L. Brown High School. Students enrolled in the Engineering Academy will take part in hands-on, real world projects that will help them master science and prepare them for success in college and careers. We also will expand our innovative partnership with Rowan Cabarrus Community College that allows KCS students to become certified welders when they graduate from high school. Our Welding Certification program makes students eligible for high paying jobs right out of high school and gives them the chance to pursue continued technical education at the college level. It is one of many certification programs that we offer in KCS. During 2016-2017, we also will increase our online course offerings and return art classes to Kannapolis Middle School. 


As we enter 2017, we will continue very positive momentum from last year. During 2016, we celebrated many accomplishments. One of our students, Samuel Jijon-Bacilio, was named the top Culinary Art student in North Carolina. He is part of A.L. Brown’s Culinary Arts program and a wonderful representative of our school system and state. Two of our 2016 graduates earned prestigious appointments to U.S. Military Academies, and the Class of 2016 earned more than $3 million in scholarships. KCS also is the home of the National Music Educator of the Year and a NC Teacher of Excellence.


We are extremely proud of our outstanding students and staff, and we are looking forward to even more accomplishments in 2016-17. During the coming year, we will finish construction on a new building for Kannapolis Middle School. It will open in August of 2017 and will offer tremendous new resources for our students. Also beginning next August, we will launch a Spanish Language Immersion program, a Global Studies program, and an A+ Arts focus in Kannapolis City Schools. 

All of these changes are part of our continuing commitment to Creating the Future with our students, families, and community. Thank you for being part of KCS and have a wonderful school year! 



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