11/16/15 Bridges tapped for Long Leaf Pine recognition

Bridges tapped for Long Leaf Pine recognition
Former superintendent presented with award at Sunday reception
By Bill Cresenzo, The Times-News 11/16/15  
Reprinted with permission.


   Randy Bridges, the former superintendent of the Alamance Burlington School System, has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

   The award is given to North Carolinians who have demonstrated lifetime service to the state.

   Bridges, who has more than 35 years in education, received the award Sunday afternoon during a reception at the Alamance-Burlington Career and Technical Education Center. Bridges was superintendent for ABSS from 2006 until 2010 and was instrumental in the design and development of the center.

   Bridges is now the superintendent of schools in Florence School District One, S.C. He spends his weeks in South Carolina and his weekends in Burlington with his family.

   He said that he was most honored by the fact that Bill Harrison, the current superintendent of ABSS, and Lynn Moody, the superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System, nominated him for the award. Harrison is the former superintendent of Orange County Schools, and Bridges was his associate superintendent. They hired Moody as the system’s director of workforce development.

   Moody said that Bridges’ accomplishments are overshadowed only by the way he went about his work.

   “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award is about kindness, charity and service,” she said.