Bob Bales is the principal of McDougle Middle School in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district. He was just named Principal of the Year for 2019-20. He is pictured here with students. Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Nash.

'A tremendous asset': CHCCS names Bob Bales as Principal of the Year

Bob Bales, principal of McDougle Middle School, was gifted with the 2019-20 Principal of the Year Award for the district. His innovation and communication skills were what put him at the top of CHCCS' list. 


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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Jamey Cross is the assistant for the City/State, National desk at The Daily Tar Heel.

Column: For local election coverage, let us be your source

The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. This week, Assistant City & State Editor Jamey Cross is breaking down all the 2019 election coverage you can expect to see from The Daily Tar Heel this fall. 


Part one of "Same difference: The mural," completed by students at Scroggs Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Sarah Cornette. 

CHCCS teacher wins Fulbright Award, creates art with students around the world

Sarah Cornette, an art teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district received a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching for a semester research program. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX, allows for applicants who receive the award to participate in either a short term or semester long research program. Cornette spent her semester split between three places, gathering perspectives from different children in different parts of the world. With the objective to gather the answer to what kids think is important to their community, Cornette collaborated with children in two parts of Greece and in Chapel Hill. Despite language and cultural barriers and some expectations that did not meet reality at first, Cornette produced a three-panel work of art that, according to her, won't be complete without some additional voices.