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About CIS Rowan

Communities In Schools of Rowan County is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS), the nation’s leading community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life. CIS of Rowan County began in 1998 and was chartered in 2001, and serves selected schools in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools district.

"Our Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life."
"Many students and their families have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services. There may be ample resources in a community, but rarely is there someone on the ground who is able to connect these resources with the schools and students that need them most. Through our school-based coordinators, we bring community resources into the schools we serve to empower success for all students by removing barriers for students at risk of dropping out, keeping kids in schools and on the path to graduation and leveraging evidence, relationships and local resources to drive results.  Communities In Schools offers in-school mentoring and tutoring, supportive guidance to students and parents, school uniforms and supplies, referrals to community agencies and assistance with 'emergency' clothing for students at the elementary schools."  
CIS Rowan Board of Directors

Michelle Macon, Chair

Robert Foreman, Vice Chair

Vincia Benjamin Miller, Vice Chair

William Bucher, Treasurer

Kris Parker, Secretary

Karen Alexander

Robert Basinger

Brandy Cook

Dixie Dalton

Ronnie Glover

Carol Ann Houpe

Dr. Orlando Lewis

Gene Miller


Interim Executive Director Bill Bucher, Jr.

A former public school chief financial officer, Bill served CIS Rowan as the Board Treasurer before agreeing to accept the position of Interim Executive Director of the organization in October, 2020.  He has a graduate degree in Political Science/Local Government Administration from Appalachian State University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University, and retired in 2013 from a thirty-year-plus career in North Carolina governmental finance.

Assistant Executive Director James Davis

James has more than nineteen years of experience as an educator/social services leader in North and South Carolina with a consistent record of increasing student engagement, family engagement and student achievement. Over the last eight years he has lead several multi-services organizations as the director of programming and operations and personnel and fundraising relations. 

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Program Manager & Volunteer Trainer  Wanda Huntley

Meet Our Site Coordinators

CIS Site Coordinators are based at their assigned schools, and can be reached during school hours.


CIS Rowan receives funding from

The United Way of Rowan County

Contact Us:

Email:              director@cisrowan.org


204 E Innes St Ste 240, Salisbury, NC 28144





CIS Rowan receives funding from

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

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