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 By John Lanier    News    December 11, 2017 

McDaris Responds To Data From The County

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris said in an interview last week that he appreciates the support the school system receives from the county commissioners, but that the statistics presented at a recent county commission...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 27, 2017

Architectural Firms Look To Be School System's Choice

Last Monday evening five architectural firms made their pitch to be the lead architect for the Transylvania County Board of Education’s proposed bond referendum. The school system has several steps to take before a bond referendum is placed on...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 23, 2017

Schools Expand Reach Of AIG Programs - Brevard NC

Heidi Bullock told the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday night that the AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted) program is providing more options to students. Bullock, who is the AIG specialist/coordinator for Transylvania County...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 16, 2017

Groups Work To Prevent Addiction, Relieve Suffering

While drug abuse continues in the United States and the opioid epidemic continues to worsen, there are individuals and organizations working to stem the tide and provide relief. Representatives of those organizations recently spoke at the fourth and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 6, 2017

Use Of Opioids Doubled In Past 25 Years

For much of this country’s history, opioid abuse had not been much of a problem. In the past last 25 years, however, opioid use has doubled in the United States, killing more people than automobile or gun-related accidents. Jim Hardy, coordinator...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 23, 2017

County Schools Rank Highly

Despite Transylvania County’s high child poverty rate and other problems local children face, Transylvania County Schools once again rank well in the region and the state based on a number of indices for the past school year. Based on end-of-grade...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 16, 2017

Drug Addiction Solution: Connection

More than 100 people attended a program entitled “Everything You Think You Know About Drug Addiction Is Wrong” at the Unitarian Universalist Church Wednesday evening. “Tonight, we are going to try to undue some of the myths about addiction and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 5, 2017

Meacham Answers Questions - Brevard, NC

After receiving a standing ovation for his presentation at Brevard College last Thursday evening, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jon Meacham answered questions from the audience for half an hour....

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 2, 2017

Historian Mixes History, Humor In Presentation

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jon Meacham mixed humor and history while speaking to a packed house at Brevard College's Porter Center for the Performing Arts Thursday evening. Meacham's...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 21, 2017

Board Discusses Seeking Millions For 'Deferred' Needs

The Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the possibility of requesting $19 million from the county commissioners for deferred maintenance during a bond update at its regular monthly meeting held at the Morris Education Center Monday eveni...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 18, 2017

Brevard Academy Awarded A 'B' Grade In Report - Brevard, NC

Ted Duncan, director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, informed the school’s board of directors Wednesday evening that the school has received a grade of “B” on its state report card for last year. “We are officially a...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 14, 2017

City Candidates Tackle Questions During Forum - Brevard, NC

Some 50 people braved rain and wind to attend the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates’ Forum Monday in the library’s Rogow Room. Brevard City Council candidates Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow gave opening an...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma Drives People To Transylvania - Brevard, NC

Dozens of Floridians and people from other states in the projected path of Hurricane Irma were seeking refuge in Brevard and Transylvania County last Friday. “We’ve had a high volume of calls from people looking for accommodations,” said Emily...

 
 By John Lanier    News    August 28, 2017

Bond Timeline, Consolidation Frustration Voiced

At its Aug. 21 meeting, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed a timeline of required steps for a bond referendum to be on the November 2018 ballot, as well as some frustration about repeated questions regarding consolidation of the...

 
 By John Lanier    News    August 24, 2017

School System Facing Dwindling Revenues

Monday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education received news that revenues from various sources were down last year and more sources of revenue will be eliminated in the coming school year. While discussing amendments to the 2016-17...

 
 By John Lanier    News    August 21, 2017

Academy Board Makes Changes - Brevard, NC

At its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday evening, The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors gained three new members and lost two prior members. Warren Alston, who serves as the school’s treasurer and is a TeamCFA...

 
 By John Lanier    News    August 10, 2017

School Board Votes To Put Bond On 2018 Ballot

The Transylvania County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to request a general obligation bond be placed on the general election ballot in November 2018. The board, however, did not determine how much money for capital needs it...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 31, 2017

BRCC Expands Course Offerings - Brevard, NC

The summer session ended at Blue Ridge Community College last week, but preparations for the upcoming fall semester and the expansion of several programs are well underway. The programs planned for expansion this fall – machining and welding –...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 27, 2017

World-Renowned Cellist To Perform At BMC - Brevard, NC

One of the world's leading cellists, Johannes Moser, will take the stage Friday and Saturday evening at the Brevard Music Center. On Friday, Moser will perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor. On...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 24, 2017

Student Handbook Created For Whole School System

There will be one handbook for the entire Transylvania County school system next year instead of each school having its own student handbook, Jeremy Gibbs, director of academic services, told the Transylvania County Board of Education last week. In p...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 20, 2017

Board Discusses Health Insurance, Budget And Bond

The Transylvania County Board of Education discussed changes in the 2017-18 budget, the impact of an impasse between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and moving forward with a bond referendum at their meeting Monday night. Superintendent...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 19, 2017

Brevard Academy's Test Scores Improving - Brevard, NC

School director Ted Duncan informed the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors Wednesday evening that the school’s test scores are improving. Duncan said 100 percent of the school’s 23 eighth graders passed the Math I...

 
 By John Lanier    Education    June 12, 2017

BHS Graduates Come Together As 'Family'

Overcoming adversity, supporting one another and creating one's future were the common themes of those speaking before 153 graduates at Brevard High's commencement ceremony Friday evening at the...

 
 By John Lanier    Education    June 12, 2017

Justice Reports A 'Good Year' For School Safety

“We had a good year as far as safe schools go,” Alan Justice, director of athletics, transportation and safe schools, informed the Transylvania County Board of Education last Monday evening. Justice credited the School Resource Officers (SROs)...

 

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