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 By John Lanier    News    May 23, 2019 

School Board Discusses Bond Choices

In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the top choices of architects and CMARs (construction managers at risk) to implement the renovations and additions to Brevard High School and Rosman...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Consensus Is To Expand Medicaid

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, one of its major components was expanding Medicaid coverage. The idea was that by expanding Medicaid coverage and providing subsidies to those who made too much to qualify for Medicaid, nearly all...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 20, 2019

School Attorney Refutes County Official's Claims

In a letter written to the Transylvania County Board of Education dated May 9, school board attorney Christopher Campbell refuted many of the comments made by Transylvania County Finance Officer Jonathan Griffin regarding the school board’s...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 20, 2019

One Cent More

Last week some members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners asked Superintendent Jeff McDaris about the school budget. The following are some thoughts about the issues broached by the commissioners.    •The school board has...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 16, 2019

An Advocate For Public Education?

Whenever people are elected to leadership positions, it is part of their job to advocate for their departments and employees so they, in turn, can provide better services to their constituents. For example, Transylvania County Board of Education...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 13, 2019

Bringing In The Best

On Saturday evening, New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash and poet Frank X Walker read from and discussed their works at the Transylvania County Library. It was just one of several cultural events where some of our nation’s best have...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 13, 2019

Academy Board Approves School Budget

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors unanimously approved the school’s budget for the 2019-20 school year last Wednesday evening. School Director Ted Duncan presented two budgets: one based on 415 students and one...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Honoring Nurses And Teachers

This week is National Nurses Week. It is also National Teacher Appreciation Week. While the jobs nurses and teachers do are technically different, the people drawn to these jobs and the jobs themselves have many similarities. Both jobs require four-y...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 9, 2019

Nurses: Caregivers Extraordinaire

(Editor’s Note: In honor of National Nurses Week, The Transylvania Times spoke with six nurses from Transylvania Regional Hos-pital covering a realm of topics. All of them are recent DAISY award...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 9, 2019

Board OKs Flooring Contracts for BMS, RES

By a 4-0 vote Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved flooring contracts for Brevard Middle and Rosman Elementary schools. The flooring contract price for Brevard Middle $151,075 and the price for Rosman Elementary is...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 6, 2019

Poet Kwame Alexander Reveals The Power Of Words

A crowd of all ages filled Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room Monday afternoon, April 29, to hear Newbery Medal Winner Kwame Alexander discuss poetry and the power of words. Alexander was...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 29, 2019

Board Passes School Budget Request

In a special meeting held last Thursday morning, the Transylvania County Board of Education unanimously passed its budget request for the 2019-20 school year. The budget request will now go to the county commissioners, who will determine how much of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 29, 2019

Transylvania County School Budget Numbers Laid Out

The fiscal year 2020 budget request by the Transylvania County Board of Education totals $12,761,809 for the local current expense fund and $250,000 for child nutrition. This represents an increase of 4.78 percent over last year’s budget....

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 18, 2019

Officials: Drug Issues Impact All Areas Of Society

North Carolina, including Transylvania County, has a serious drug problem and it cuts across all socio-economic lines. “At this point, the opioid epidemic is becoming personal. Most of us have stories we could share about this. We find that old...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 11, 2019

Senior Projects To Be Replaced

Rosman High School Assistant Principal Patrick Chapman and Brevard High School Assistant Principal Missy Ellenberger presented information on district graduation projects to the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday evening. Beginning with...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 28, 2019

Sesame Workshop Celebrates Milestone

Sesame Workshop and its famous children’s program, “Sesame Street,” are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year as they continue working to improve the lives of children across the globe. “Our goal as an organization is to help children...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 25, 2019

Cohen Discusses Health, Early Childhood

N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources (NCDHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen discussed some of her major concerns, ranging from the plight of rural hospitals and the opioid crisis to expanding...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 21, 2019

Testing Reporting Delays Affect Student Placement

Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the challenges of placing students in summer learning programs and fall classes due to delays in state reporting of standardized test scores. Brian Weaver, assistant superintendent...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 18, 2019

Academy Approves 172-Day School Calendar

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors unanimously approved a 172-day school calendar for the 2019-20 school year at its monthly meeting last Wednesday evening. School Director Ted Duncan presented two calendars: one...

 
 By John Lanier    News    March 7, 2019

Board Approves School Calendar

The Transylvania County Board of Education unanimously approved the school calendar for 2019-20 Monday evening. The 2019-20 school calendar is similar to the one used this year. The first day for students would be Wednesday, Aug. 21. “The midweek s...

 

School Board Delays Right-Of-Way Vote

The Transylvania County Board of Education has decided to delay a vote on providing the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) a right-of-way at Brevard High School. The school board made the move during its recent meeting. The DOT has offered...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 25, 2019

Officials Discuss Health Insurance For Student Athletes

The Transylvania County Board of Education discussed whether to require or highly recommend parents have health insurance for their children who participate in sports. Last Monday evening Brian Weaver, senior director of human resources, said if the...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 21, 2019

Transylvania Has Three Barriers To Attracting, Keeping Teachers

A trifecta of limited affordable housing, few good job opportunities for spouses and limited infant care options make it difficult to recruit and retain teachers, Brian Weaver, senior director of human resources of Transylvania County Schools, told t...

 
 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...

 

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