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 By John Lanier    News    May 17, 2018

Academy Approves Budget For FY19

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors unanimously approved the school budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, 2018. The projected net surplus for Brevard Academy for FY19 is $23,442. Board Vice Chair and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 14, 2018

Schools See Dip In Federal Funding

The local school system has seen federal grant funding decrease by more than 25 percent over the past five years. Dr. Jeremy Gibbs, chief academic officer for Transylvania County Schools, informed the Transylvania County Board of Education last...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 14, 2018

BRCC Offers Students An Alternative

Thirty-six students from Transylvania County participated in the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) ceremonies this past weekend. Some of them will go directly into the workforce while others, such...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 10, 2018

Board Of Education Approves Budget For FY 2019

By a 4-0 vote, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved its local budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. The budget now goes to the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. The school system has requested a current expense...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 23, 2018

McDaris: Data Shows Decrease In School Funding

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris provided the Transylvania County Board of Education with various data, including comparisons of two sets of peer counties, at the board meeting last Monday evening. “We really have such a...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 19, 2018

School Instruction Coaches Explain Their Job

Four elementary school instructional coaches – Barbara Grimm of Brevard Elementary (BES), Anne Hardy of Pisgah Forest Elementary (PFE), Crystal Whitman of Rosman Elementary (RES) and Kimberly Moore of T.C. Henderson (TCH) – informed the...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 19, 2018

Academy Board Discusses Student Performance

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors received reports from school director Ted Duncan on student performance. Duncan said that Moby Max, a program to assist students struggling with math, is boosting student...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 16, 2018

Ballard: Humankind's Survival Rests In The Seas

If humankind is to survive, the solution is in the seas, not the stars. That was one of several messages renowned oceanographic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard delivered to a packed house at Brevard College’s Porter Center for Performing Arts last Th...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 29, 2018

Academy Board Approves Calendar

At its March meeting, the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors unanimously approved the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. School Director Ted Duncan said the calendar’s vacation days align with the other public...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 26, 2018

School Capital Projects Placed On Hold

Last Monday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education voted to defer some of its current capital projects to pay for advance planning by architectural firm Clark Nexsen for the upcoming $68 million school bond referendum. In January, the sch...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 26, 2018

School Board OKs New Teacher Contracts

By a 4-1 vote, last Monday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education approved Policy 7410, which calls for teachers new to the county to receive three one-year contracts and then receive a two-year contract if they are in good standing. At t...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 22, 2018

School Dropout Rate Hits An All-Time Low

The dropout rate for Transylvania County Schools hit 0.7 percent last year, an all-time low for the county and one of the lowest in the state for the 2016-17 school year. A dropout is defined by the state of North Carolina as “any student who...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 22, 2018

'Guis' Siniard Called A 'Gentle Man'

Hale “Guis” Siniard Jr., who passed away Friday, March 16, is remembered as a gentle man who quietly worked behind the scenes in diverse ways to improve the quality of life in Transylvania County. “What a gentleman he was,” said Artie...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 19, 2018

Academy To Hire School Resource Officer

Last Wednesday evening, a month to the date after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously to employ a school resource officer for the remainder of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 8, 2018

School System May Need More Money For Insurance

The Transylvania County School system could need an additional $50,000 in local funding to cover projected increases in retirement and health insurance for the 2018-19 school year. In discussing the 2018-19 budget at the Transylvania County Board of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 26, 2018

School Board Approves The 2018/2019 Calendar

The Transylvania County Board of Education board unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2018-19 school year at a regularly scheduled meeting last Monday evening. School for students will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The last day for...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 26, 2018

School Board Approves Policies, Including Wireless Communications

From wireless communication devices to character education, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved several policies last Monday evening. The board approved a policy that would allow wireless devices such as cell phones to be used on...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 22, 2018

Board Moving Toward Teacher Contract Changes

By a 3-2 vote Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved the first reading of Policy 7410, which covers contracts for non-career status teachers. For decades, teachers in North Carolina worked on one-year contracts for their...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 19, 2018

McDaris: School Safety The Top Priority

While tragedies such as the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., could happen anywhere in the United States, Transylvania County Schools has taken numerous steps over the last several years to lessen the chances of such an event occurring here....

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 15, 2018

Principal, Teacher Contract Changes Discussed

Changes in principal and teacher contracts were discussed last week at the workshop held by the Transylvania County Board of Education. In July of 2017, a new pay schedule for principals went into effect. In the past, a principal’s pay was...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 12, 2018

Board Sees Draft Budget

The Transylvania County Board of Education received it first draft of the local portion of the budget for the coming 2018-19 school year during a board workshop session last Monday evening. Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris informed the board the...

 

BMC Looks Toward Its 'Best' Season - Brevard, NC

"Stupendous," "extraordinary," "astonishing," "exciting." Those are just some of the words Mark Weinstein used to describe the upcoming summer festival at the Brevard Music Center. "I've never been...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 25, 2018

Rural School Funding Decrease Explained

School Superintendent Jeff McDaris said he received an explanation from U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows’ office as to why Transylvania County is no longer eligible for rural school funding, even though counties with larger populations receive such money....

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 22, 2018

Suicide, Student Homeless Shelter Discussed

The need for a suicide prevention awareness program and efforts by Isaac’s Home to provide shelter for homeless students were both brought before the Transylvania County Board of Education last Tuesday evening. During the first public comment...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 18, 2018

School Board To Request Bond For $68 Million

Tuesday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education voted unanimously to pass a resolution requesting that county commissioners seek a $68 million bond for school construction. The bond referendum would be held in November during the general e...

 

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