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Newton-Conover Schools Announce the 2017 Red Blazer Award Recipients

Bill Inscoe and Jerome Ingle, 2017 Red Blazer Winners, posing for a photo


Newton-Conover Schools Announce the 2017 Red Blazer Award Recipients

Newton, NC — May 30, 2017 — The 2016-17 Newton-Conover City Schools Red Blazer Committee has recognized two individuals who have been recognized with a Red Blazer Award, the district’s highest honor which is awarded annually to those who have gone above and beyond in lifelong service and dedication to the school district.

This sixth installment of distinguished recipients consists of Mr. Jerome Ingle and Dr. J.W. Bill Inscoe.


Over the past five years, the Newton-Conover City School District has awarded the distinguished Red Blazer Award to fourteen dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to the success of the district over the past century.  These individuals have given of their time, efforts, finances and other resources, leaving a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of students and staff members that none can deny.  There is no question that the success of the N-CCS district over the years has been due in large part to these impressive individuals.

Family of Jerome Ingle

Mr. Jerome Ingle

Jerome Ingle was inducted into the Army in 1953 during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Ingle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  

Mr. Ingle found his way into a teaching career as an interim math teacher at Oak Ridge High School in California, where a teacher left for the holidays and did not return.  Mr. Ingle completed the year and came back to North Carolina in the summer of 1959.

Mr. Ingle applied for a position at Newton-Conover City Schools, where it just so happened that a math teacher was leaving N-CCS to go to her home in Concord to care for her elderly mother.  Mr. Ingle was hired in 1959 to teach math in N-CCS, during which time he completed his Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina on scholarship from the National Science Foundation, and his Principals’ Certification in the early 1970s.  This remained Mr. Ingle’s career until the summer of 1973, where Superintendent Mr. Sherrill Cranford asked him to be Principal.  

Mr. Ingle began his leadership service as a Principal of the segregated central HS in Newton.  He remained in this position until Christmas, because at that time, the Principal at Newton-Conover High School resigned, and Mr. Ingle was appointed to N-CHS to fill his vacancy.  Mr. Ingle was a dedicated Principal, serving “at school until 11:00pm 3 to 4 nights per week.” He served in this capacity until 1988, when he retired from public education.

Everette Simmons, former Superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools, shared that Jerome “provided great leadership and was a mentor to many during his Principalship,” said Simmons.

Since retiring, Mr. Ingle has spent time teaching mathematics courses part-time at Catawba Valley Community College.  Mr. Ingle resides in Maiden with his wife.

Bill Inscoe and family

Dr. J.W. Bill Inscoe

Dr. J.W. Bill Inscoe is a long-time, dedicated servant leader in the Newton-Conover community.    

Graduating from Newton-Conover High School in 1955, Bill Inscoe graduated from NC State in 1958.  Following completion of his Bachelor’s degree, he attended and graduated from the Veterinary School at Oklahoma State University in 1962.

Dr. Inscoe moved back to Newton in 1962, and opened Newton Veterinary Clinic, where he has practiced ever since.

Known to his peers as a man of few words but an endless dedication to service, Dr. Inscoe has spent a great deal of time invested in High School activities. Dr. Inscoe enjoys actively participating in N-CCS athletics, especially football games, where he has attended nearly every meeting for the past 40+ years, in addition to Booster Club meetings.

Perhaps Dr. Inscoe’s most extensive achievement is leading the Chain Gang, holding the down marker, at our N-CCS football games for the past 40 years.

A long-standing Red Devil, Dr. Inscoe’s father was in textiles and moved around a lot for his job, but Dr. Inscoe settled and called Newton his home, where his service has never stopped.  Many individuals close to Dr. Inscoe shared that they learn new ways that he has contributed to the community indirectly all of the time.  These contributions range from sponsorships, donations to programs in our schools, to rolling up his sleeves and volunteering his service wherever there is a need.

Dr. Inscoe’s nominator and long-time friend Mr. Larry Hollar shared, “Bill’s hard to talk about. He’s truly a behind the scenes guy.  Everything that Bill is involved in, he truly involves himself and it’s all behind the scenes: his love for animals, for Newton-Conover High School athletics, for his church.  You’ll never anything negative about him or from him.  Everything is a positive,” said Hollar.



James Frye

Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer

Newton-Conover City Schools


About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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