Charter Schools Director visits MICS

by Christina Ritchie Rogers

Director of the Office of Charter Schools Jack Moyer talks to Mountain Island Charter middle school students about choices.

Jack Moyer, director of the state’s office of charter schools, visited Mountain Island Charter School Wednesday, Dec. 15 and gave a special talk to the middle school students.

A former middle school principal, Moyer is familiar with the unique challenges and situations young adolescents face. During the assembly, he discussed with the students the importance of making good choices.

“You’re in a position where you’re going to be making a lot of choices,” Moyer said to the middle schoolers. “You folks, right here, are the next leaders for the state of North Carolina. And that comes with great responsibility. Whether you take that responsibility or not is based on choices.”

He shared six qualities that make a good leader, one for each letter of the word “choice.” Good leaders have ‘Character,’ are ‘Honest,’ care for ‘Others,’ have ‘Integrity,’ show ‘Commitment’ and continue their ‘Education,’ he said.

Moyer’s visit to the Mount Holly school, at 14516 Lucia Riverbend Highway, marked his last school visit before he retires Dec. 31, and he was pleased to see how well the school was doing in its first year. The school, which opened in August, has more than 600 inaugural students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

“The whole community – from North Statesville on down to Charlotte – is growing so fast with the population,” Moyer said. “It’s not surprising at all that (the school) was able to fill spots and is doing so well in its first year.”

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