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Strategic Plan 2027

Strategic Plan 2027.We are Listening.


Rowan-Salisbury Schools provides extraordinary education to our students every day. We have high graduation rates and low dropout rates, and we have a nationally recognized reputation for innovation. We are the ONLY Renewal school district and are recipients of a $26 million federal grant.

Strategic Plan 2027 will allow us to build on our successes, harness our innovation and cohesively utilize the unique opportunities that have been given to us. We’re striving to create an equity-focused strategic plan that builds on our strengths, aggressively tackles opportunity gaps and takes on inclusive community engagement.


Strategic Plan News

Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Community Leaders

Greg Alcorn, CEO Global Contact Services; Gamale Black, President Local NAACP; Amy Brown, Executive Director Rowan Smart Start; Rod Crider, President & CEO Rowan EDC; Steve Fisher, CEO at F&M Bank; Ella Gegorek, Realtor; Alyssa Harris, Rowan County Health Director; Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, President of Livingstone College; Jamie Morgan, CEO of YMCA; Dr. David Nelson, President of Catawba College; Melissa Oleen, Director of Rowan Public Library; Mary Ponds, Former Educator & Mayor; Dr. Carol Spalding, President of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; Jason Walser, Executive Director Robertson Family Foundation; and Rev. Rhodes Wooly, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church

Parents and Students
Ali Khatib, student; Thomas O’Kelly, parent; Monica Otten, parent; Hannah Schmeltzer, student; Lori Swink, parent; and LaSheka Walker, parent

RSS Staff

Zebbie Bondurant, principal; Dr. Jamie Durant, principal; Alexis Greer, teacher; Shonda Hairston, principal; Cassandra Martin, director; Christina Rary, teacher; Jason Rollins, teacher; Jordi Roman, director; Sally Schultz, teacher; Rena Taylor, teacher; and April Williamson, principal.

RSS Senior Leadership Team
Dr. David Blattner, Chief Technology Officer; Dr. Jill Hall-Freeman, Chief Human Resources Officer; Dr. Jason Gardner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Carol Herndon, Associate Superintendent of Resources; Dr. Andrew Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Transformation; Anthony Vann, Associate Superintendent of Operations; and Dr. Kelly Withers, Associate Superintendent of Schools

Strategic Plan Development Alignment 

Strategic Plan Alignment

Building the Strategic Plan

  • April 8, 2021: Community Survey launched to the public
  • April 12, 2021: Launch of the Strategic Planning Process 
  • April - July 2021: Steering Committee Meets (April 19, May 3, May 17, June 7, June 28)
  • May 6, 2021 - May 19, 2021: 12 Internal Stakeholder Focus Groups
  • June 1, 2021 - June 3, 2021: 14 Internal & External Stakeholder Focus Groups
  • June 29, 2021 - June 30, 2021: 12 Internal & External Stakeholder Focus Groups 
  • Fall 2021: Strategic Plan Unveiled

Strategic Planning Timeline



Choral students and their teacher

Jakein Johnson, Ethan Cardwell, and Xavier Vaughters, all tenors with the West Rowan High School Honors chorus, were chosen to be part of the NC Honors Chorus event at Wingate University.