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 By John Lanier    News    February 18, 2019 

Jim Rowe Helped To Put The Heart Back In Downtown

Community leaders and downtown business people remember James "Jim" Rowe, who passed away early this month, as a quiet, gentle man who was instrumental in turning downtown Brevard into a vibrant...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 11, 2019

BMC To Present Wide Range Of Programs

There's no reason to tamper with a success. Coming off a record season in both attendance and sales, the Brevard Music Center will continue to offer a wide range of programs this summer. Musical...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 11, 2019

Local School Expenses Projected To Go Up

Norris Barger, director of business services and plant operations for Transylvania County Schools, has projected a possible increase of 2.95 percent, the equivalent of $378,585, in local expenditures for daily operational costs next year. Barger...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 7, 2019

School Board Approves Bond Agreement With County

The School Board unanimously passed an interlocal agency agree-ment with the Board of Commissioners that establishes a School Bond Construction Committee and other procedures regarding implementation of the $68 million school bond that was passed...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 31, 2019

Nepal Birthing Center Nears Completion

Last September Brenda Birrell came to Brevard to visit a longtime friend, Catherine Chapman. She was also coming to see if she could raise $6,000 to build a new birthing center in Nepal. Birrell is...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 24, 2019

Board Approves Teacher Funding Increase - Brevard, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase by 0.5 percent the local supplement of teachers with 25 or more years of experience and to give central office personnel a supplement equivalent to 4 percent of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 21, 2019

Boards Discuss School Funding

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education held a joint workshop entitled “Working Together: School Boards, Counties and Local Funding for Public Schools” in the library’s Rogow Room Wednesday evening. Kara Millonzi,...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 17, 2019

Academy Approves New Door Lock System

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted last Wednesday evening to appropriate $17,000 to update the door lock/access system to the school. School Resource Officer Jenny Light said the new system would be a...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 3, 2019

Board Of Education Looks Back And Ahead - Brevard NC

When looking back on 2018, members of the Transylvania County Board of Education acknowledge the passage of the $68 million bond for new construction and extensive renovations at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools as a great success, but it...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 24, 2018

Board To Discuss How To Retain Teachers - Brevard NC

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Jeff McDaris and school members plan to discuss teacher retention and the impacts of opioids, vaping and other drugs at a work session in February. During last Monday night’s Board of Education meeting,...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 20, 2018

School Board Reaches Consensus On MOU Draft - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education reached a consensus Monday night to present a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding new construction at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools to the Transylvania County Board of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 17, 2018

Storm Won't Impact School Days - Brevard NC

Schools in Transylvania County were closed for much of last week due to last weekend’s winter storm, but it appears as if the inclement weather will not have much impact on the schools’ calendars. Transylvania County Schools was prepared for the...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 6, 2018

Board Wants County Input On Bond - Brevard NC

At a Tuesday morning work session, Transylvania County Board of Education members expressed a desire to work closely with county commissioners on the capital projects, which will be funded by the recent passage of a $68 million bond. Last month,...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 26, 2018

School Funding Gets A $500,000 Boost - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education received some good financial news last Monday evening when they amended the 2019 fiscal year budget to show an increase of nearly $500,000 in funding. Norris Barger, director of business services and plant...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 22, 2018

Betty Scruggs McGaha Recognized For Service To Education - Brevard NC

Members of the Transylvania County Board of Education honored Betty Scruggs McGaha for 45 years of service to the Transylvania County school system Monday evening. Superintendent Jeff McDaris said...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 19, 2018

Local Veterans Discuss How The Military Is Changing - Brevard NC

Three veterans – U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Bob McCann, U.S. Navy Flight Lieutenant Chuck Evans and U.S. Army Master Sergeant Roy Million – spoke at Brevard College last Wednesday on a wide range of topics regarding the military. Paul...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 8, 2018

Voters Approve $68 Million School Bond - Brevard NC

The school bond referendum passed by an overwhelming margin – 9,260 to 6,264 – Tuesday, with all of the county’s precincts but one supporting the bond. The $68 million bond will be used to provide new construction and extensive renovations at...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 18, 2018

School Board Passes On Flood Insurance - Brevard, NC

By a 4-0 vote Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education rejected a quote of $11,104 to provide flood insurance for the bus garage and maintenance building behind the Brevard High School campus. Superintendent Jeff McDaris said insura...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 15, 2018

State Denies School Building Grants - Brevard NC

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction denied a request by Transylvania County Schools for more than $19 million in capital needs grants. Last Monday evening, Graham Wilson of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sent an...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 15, 2018

Academy Begins Mentoring Program - Brevard NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors learned of a new program and an instructional loss at their meeting Wednesday evening. Middle school teacher Sonya Jenkins and guidance counselor Megan Monk discussed a new...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 4, 2018

Rosman Hears Bond Plans - Rosman NC

A large crowd attended the Board of Education meeting held at Rosman High to hear a presentation similar to the one last week at Brevard High on the proposed school bond. Once again, Board Chair Tawny McCoy reviewed why the bond is needed. “An...

 

Massimino Encourages Youth To Persevere

For NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, the fourth time was a charm. Massimino, who was on two missions to repair the Hubble space telescope, flew as fast as any astronaut and inspired the role of George...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 27, 2018

Board Sees Refined Options, Answers Bond Questions - Brevard NC

About 40 people were present at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting at Brevard High School Monday evening to hear revised construction options for both Brevard High and Rosman...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 20, 2018

Public To Get Another Look At School Options - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education took several actions regarding the proposed bond referendum at its meeting Monday night. "The passage of the bond is critical to the needs of Transylvania...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 20, 2018

Brevard Academy Board Hears About Instructional Support - Brevard NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors received a report on instructional support for teachers at the board meeting last Wednesday evening. School director Ted Duncan reported that the instructional support team, which...

 

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