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Another round of layoffs is expected at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools due to the second significant cut to the district’s budget in two years.District administrators expect its budget to shrink by several million dollars next school year, Superintendent Neil Pedersen said.
Community members can voice opinions today about a proposal to add more honors classes to the local school curriculum — either online or in a hybrid form with regular classes.
Eleven students labeled brightly colored body outlines with the German words for different body parts last week.Later, their teacher, Marilyn Metzler, joked in German with one student who told her she had a “bad face.”Smith Middle School’s class is the last remaining middle school German class in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools — and it won’t continue next year.
Seventeen years after local educators first studied the achievement gap between white and minority students in local schools, very little has been done to close the gap, local NAACP representatives said at a press conference Thursday.
Students at McDougle Middle School are taking a break from their normal work to focus on human rights.
A parade of parents, children and dogs walked from Carrboro Town Hall to Carrboro Elementary School in an effort to promote environmentally friendly transportation.
Six CHCCS district administrators participated in the Response to Instruction Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The conference celebrated its 15th year and consisted of participants from multiple disciplines including general classroom teachers, building administrators, district administrators, special education teachers, school psychologists and university faculty. Each CHCCS representative attended a two-day interactive workshop at the conference.
Two Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools are currently competing for national awards. Seawell Elementary and Ephesus Elementary have both been nominated as part of the Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program.
One year after her term ended as a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education member, Jean Hamilton is back. Hamilton was selected to fill former board member Joe Green’s position Oct. 7, after the board decided to appoint a former member rather than hold an application and selection process.
A partnership with a school in Mexico will soon broaden the horizons of local students. Carrboro High School, along with seven other schools in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties, was selected by the Center for International Understanding at UNC to collaborate with schools in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Local principal Jesse Dingle didn’t expect to gain “lifelong friends” when three Brazilian principals visited Chapel Hill. But through the Brazil Administrator Exchange Program, the Chapel Hill High School principal said he gained much more than administrative knowledge.
About 75 Central Elementary School students received their share of nearly $8,000 in clothes from the Assistance League Triangle Area’s Operation School Bell project Tuesday afternoon. Volunteers from the league and Shoe Carnival were on hand to distribute the bags — filled with items ranging from underwear to sweatshirts — to low-income students.
Superintendent Neil Pedersen was named Administrator of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educational Office Professionals. Pedersen was nominated for his commitment to educational office professionals during the difficult budget years and his participation in regular information sessions called “Ask Dr. Pedersen.” Pedersen received the award in 1989 when he served as the district’s assistant superintendent for support services.
As most residents began their weekends, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education began its search for a new superintendent. With the help of its selected search firm, the North Carolina School Boards Association, the board approved a general outline for the selection process at a Friday night meeting.
Middle school students came together Friday for the culmination of a local effort to stop the harmful effects of rain runoff. The town of Carrboro and Friends of Bolin Creek celebrated the finishing touches on a rain garden at McDougle Middle School through demonstrations and lessons on how it is used to improve the environment. A rain garden is a man-made depression filled with vegetation to filter and absorb runoff.
When voters defeated the county’s proposed sales tax increase, they did more than save themselves a quarter for every $100 purchase. Schools, emergency services, libraries and economic development plans were all slated to receive a portion of the annual $2.3 million the increase would have generated.
A local elementary school is giving its students a less formal way to show off their writing talents in front of their classmates, teachers and family. Mary Scroggs Elementary School is bringing back its “Writer’s Cafe” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the school to give its students an audience with which to share their work.
Elementary students could be attending different schools as soon as next year if plans to redistrict Orange County Schools materialize after the board of education’s Monday meeting.
Although the district has not seen abnormal growth, six of the 17 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools facilities are over capacity. Of these five, four are elementary schools, according to data from Kevin Morgenstein Fuerst, coordinator of student enrollment for the district. Capacity levels vary from 118 percent at Seawell Elementary School to 86 percent at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, showing an enrollment disparity in the schools.
As local and state officials gear up for a third year of heavy budget cuts, many are concerned about what the reductions will mean for academics, staff and the future of N.C. Orange County Schools alone is projected to lose as much as $7.7 million next year, the combined effect of dried-up stimulus funds and a shrinking state budget.