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Food Council members and elected officials learn about the importance of school gardens at a school garden tour at Estes Hill Elementary led by the CHCCS Sustainability Director Dan Schnitzer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Heger. 

To combat food insecurity, Orange County's food council aims to change policy

The 15-member council has seats for each elected body, including representatives from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, Carrboro Town Council and Chapel Hill Town Council. A fifth designated seat goes to a representative from the Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board, whose role is to represent agriculture and farming. 

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Orange County Schools Board of Education members discuss African American History Month at their meeting on Feb. 10, 2020.

February is now Black History Month for Orange County Schools

Orange County Schools have decided to create different programs throughout February to show the history of important African American leaders in history. Dena Keeling, the district's chief equity officer, said a goal of this initiative is to create a curriculum with classes that deal with different cultures and place an emphasis on these heritage months all the time. 

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Carlos Ramirez is taking over as principal of Cedar Ridge High School this week. Photo courtesy of Orange County Schools.

Meet the new principal of Cedar Ridge High School

“I would love to see an articulated program that runs from elementary, to middle, to high school,” Ramirez said. “I’ve seen it in action when I worked as an educator in Texas, and it’s quite a powerful thing to get students as young as fifth graders started on the IB track.”

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Patrick Abele, assistant superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools speaks at a meeting on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The Orange County Schools Board of Education met with CHCCS to discuss pre-K and school building maintenance. 

Orange County Schools considers adding three new pre-K classrooms

Adding three new pre-K classrooms was proposed during a joint meeting of the Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Board on Jan. 17, which would lower the gap between enrolled students and the waiting list and provide for early exposure to the classroom. Board members believe school enrollment at an early age is vital for successful young students. 

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