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 By John Lanier    News

Board Discusses Bond, RHS Gym – Transylvania County, NC

Concerns about price volatility and use of the newer gym at Rosman High highlighted discussion of the bond projects at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, March 16. Norris Barger, head of business... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board Of Education Approves Local Budget – Transylvania County, NC

Last week, the Transylvania County Board of Education unanimously approved its local budget for the 2021-22 school year after board members agreed to reduce their fund balance request in order to obtain higher teacher supplements.... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

School Board Votes 3-2 To Switch To Plan A – Transylvania County, NC

By a 3-2 vote, the Transylvania County Board of Education decided Tuesday night to switch to Plan A for middle and high school students when the latter return from spring break. Board Chair Tawny McCoy, Vice Chair Ron Kiviniemi and... — Updated 3/19/2021

 
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Outgoing BA Director Praises Staff And Board – Brevard, NC

At the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors meeting last Wednesday evening, outgoing school director Ted Duncan praised the teachers, staff and board members for all of their hard work in the past... — Updated 3/15/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Vaccines Provide Sense Of Relief To Educators – Transylvania County, NC

School administrators and school board members expressed appreciation that local educators have had a chance to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I want to give a shout out to Blue Ridge Health for vaccinations... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board Discusses Teacher Supplements, Expense Budget – Transylvania County, NC

Teacher supplements and the local current expense budget took center stage at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday evening, March 1. Norris Barger, head of business services and plant operations, presented a... — Updated 3/8/2021

 
 By John Lanier    Education

School Board Receives Clean Audit, Bond Update

Terry Anderson of Carland and Anderson, Inc., informed the Transylvania County Board of Education last Monday evening that the audit conducted by his certified public accounting firm showed “no findings or questioned costs... — Updated 2/22/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board Of Education Gets A Look At First Budget Draft – Transylvania County, NC

Norris Barger, head of business services and plant operations for Transylvania County Schools, presented the first draft of the local portion of the school budget for the upcoming 21-22 school year to the Transylvania County Board... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Academy Board Votes To Change Testing For Grades 3-7 – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously last Wednesday evening to replace MAP testing in grades 3-7 with i-Ready testing this spring. Historically, the school has used MAP tests, a... — Updated 2/15/2021

 
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Free Meals May Reduce Federal Funding To Schools – Transylvania County

A directive by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) to make sure all school children are fed during the COVID-19 pandemic may result in reduced federal funding for Transylvania County Schools and other school systems in the... — Updated 2/10/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Proposed Calendar: Students In 2021/22 Would Start Aug. 16 – Transylvania County, NC

A proposed calendar for the 2021-22 school year was presented to the Transylvania County Board of Education during a work session last Monday evening. The five board members, who gave their verbal support to the calendar, will vote... — Updated 2/10/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Brevard Academy To Pursue Loan For Arts Building – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors unanimously voted last Wednesday to pursue the feasibility of receiving a $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for an arts building. The... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Brevard Academy Goes Virtual For Week Due To Positive Test – Brevard, NC

Out of an abundance of caution, Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy will be moving the entirety of the student body into a virtual learning platform from Monday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 15, due to a confirmed... — Updated 1/11/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

County Schools Stay On Schedule – Transylvania County, NC

With COVID-19 cases rising throughout western North Carolina, several school systems, including Buncombe and Henderson counties, are transitioning back to virtual instruction. Transylvania County Schools, however, will continue as... — Updated 1/6/2021

 
 By John Lanier    News

Virus Vaccine Questions Answered

(Editor’s Note: With the availability of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine last week and the release of the Moderna vaccine, many residents have questions about the vaccines and the vaccination process. Tara Rybka of Transylvania... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Academy To Remain On Current Schedule – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday evening to have the school remain on its current four-day schedule for in-person instruction for the remainder of the year. The... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

McDaris Troubled By 'Tier' Decision – Transylvania County, NC

Last Monday evening Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris expressed concerns that reclassifying the county economically from a Tier 2 to Tier 3 county would have a negative impact on both the school system... — Updated 12/14/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Virus: Schools In Good Shape – Transylvania County, NC

Elaine Russell, director of Transylvania Public Health, presented the Transylvania County Board of Education with an update on COVID-19 Monday evening. As of 4 p.m. Monday, Russell... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Hospital Managing Virus Well – Transylvania County, NC

While hospitals across the nation are struggling to handle an influx of patients with COVID-19, the numbers and impact at Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) remain quite low. In an interview Friday afternoon, TRH CEO and Chief Nu... — Updated 12/7/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

School Officials Pay Tribute To Cathey, Wellborn – Transylvania County, NC

Members of the Transylvania County Board of Education paid tribute to Rosman High School teacher Sara Cathey and outgoing board member Alice Wellborn at their meeting Monday... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board OKs Facility Needs Survey – Transylvania County, NC

By a 5-0 vote Monday night, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved its DPI (Department of Public Instruction) Facility Needs Survey. The survey reveals approximately $22.7 million in capital needs for the school... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Brevard Academy Given Clean Audit – Brevard, NC

At the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, Phyllis Pearson of Petway, Mills and Pearson PA, a certified public accounting firm, said the school had a clean audit for the past... — Updated 11/16/2020

 
 By John Lanier    Features

Grandmother, Grandson Write Children's Book

The idea came to Lucille Chaveas at a concert in another state, but it was reinforced as a patron of the Brevard Music Center. "We love the music center. Sometimes I get a little... — Updated 11/9/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

How To Prepare Students

During a work session with the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday evening, Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris discussed preparing students to enter the workforce. McDaris said myFutureNC, a statewide nonpartisan task force... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board Discusses Online Teaching – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education discussed online teaching and mental health issues Monday evening. Board member Marty Griffin, who attended the North Carolina School Board Association (NCSBA) Virtual Fall Law Conference... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

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