EDUCATION


4/23/2019 6:23pm

Dr. Todd Wirt, Superintendent of Orange County Schools, sits in on a Board of Education Policy Committee meeting at the Orange County Board of Education on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Board Policy 4125 regarding school assignments and transfers was presented for a first reading approval with a second reading waiver on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Orange County Schools superintendent to leave in June

Wirt has been the Orange County Schools superintendent since June 2015 and previously worked at the Wake County Public School System and the Mooresville Graded School District. The North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development named him the North Carolina Outstanding Young Education in 2016. 

4/2/2019 10:25pm

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How has the national vaccine discussion impacted N.C.?

"It’s important to note that the vast, vast, majority of parents do vaccinate their children because vaccines are safe and effective."  As the internet and social media grow, so does the spread of misleading information about vaccines. With a recent outbreak of chickenpox in one North Carolina school, health and school officials look to promote the positive aspects of vaccination. The hope is to reassure their safety and usefulness. 


3/21/2019 11:40pm

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The UNC system has no clear protocol on student deaths or psychological services

Student mental health is a growing concern at many North Carolina universities: with the past five years, the number of students seeking campus psychological services have seen an incline. According to Chris Hogan, the director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at App State, the counseling center at App State saw 2,500 students in the 2017-18 academic year, which is almost 1,000 more than numbers five years ago.