Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools facilities are overcrowded

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.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of two public schools systems in Orange County. The system is run by the CHCCS Board of Education, which is comprised of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. Under the board is the superintendent. The current superintendent is Tom Forcella.

The district includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, a middle college with Durham Technical Community College and a school for children at UNC Hospitals. These schools serve more than 12,000 students across Orange County.

Learn more about the district's Board of Education here

Browse board meeting agendas and videos here

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Carrboro school builds rain garden to stop harmful effects of runoff

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.

Search for new Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools superintendent begins

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.

Superintendent Pedersen named Administrator of Year

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.

Shelly Smith,7, holds up a pink shirt she got from Operation School Bell, a program run by the Assistance League of the Triangle area.

Operation School Bell distributes clothing to need kids

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.

Nilson Ferreira da Silva, Rose Mary Machado and Francisco Cruz de Nascimento have seen American perspectives on education through the Brazil Administrator Exchange Program at Chapel Hill High School.

Chapel Hill educators learn through exchange

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.

Schools learn across borders

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.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools administrators attend RtI Innovations Conference

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.

Marilyn Metzler, middle, overlooks as Ben Swain, Eli Broverman and Raghav Swaminathan. DTH/Julie Crimmins

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools losing elective courses

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.

School district expects layoffs

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.