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School Board Candidates Agree On Much – Transylvania County, NC

From increasing teacher supplements to providing more behavioral and mental health services for students, the four candidates for the Transylvania County Board of Education agreed... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By John Lanier    News 

Academy Board Hears Teacher Survey Feedback – Brevard, NC

Ted Duncan, school director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, presented the results of the 2020 North Carolina Teacher Working Con-ditions survey to the school’s Board of Directors on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Duncan... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Plans Call For Modular Units During BHS Construction – Transylvania County, NC

Chad Roberson of the architectural firm Clark Nexsen told the Transylvania County Board of Education at a work session Monday evening the latest design development plans call for the use of modular units during new construction... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Board of Education Online Candidate Forum – Transylvania County, NC

The four candidates for the three open seats on the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the challenges facing the school system last Thursday during an online forum... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Commissioner Candidates Square Off For First Time – Transylvania County, NC

The nine candidates for the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners discussed infrastructure, housing, child care, jobs and other topics during an online candidates’ forum held last Thursday evening. The event was sponsored... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Brevard Academy To Continue With Plan B – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously last Wednesday evening, Aug. 19, to continue operating the school under Plan B. “From what I’ve seen, everything’s going great,” said... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By John Lanier    News

School System Extends Feeding Efforts – Transylvania County, NC

Carolyn Barton, director of child nutrition for Transylvania County Schools, informed the local Board of Education Monday evening of her department’s continuing efforts to reach all students with meals who need them. Barton said... — Updated 8/24/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Board Of Education Approves Budget Resolution – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education unanimously passed a budget resolution for the 2020-21 school year last Monday evening. “The resolution is typical for what you see each year; however, the budget is a little atypical... — Updated 8/24/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Schools Report A Good Start – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris told the local Board of Education Monday evening the first day of school seemed to go well. “Lots of smiling faces. Parents were very excited. The students were very... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By John Lanier    News

School Board Hears Updates On Reopening, COVID-19 – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education received an update Monday evening from both Elaine Russell, director of Transylvania Public Health, and Superintendent Jeff McDaris as the school system prepares to open under Plan B this... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Schools Require Help To Run Safely – Transylvania County, NC

If local schools are going to be safe this coming semester, it is going to take a collaborative effort of the school system, local health department and parents. “As with all learning in our schools, our parents are critical... — Updated 8/10/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Brevard College Ready To Open – Brevard, NC

Brevard College students began returning to campus in small waves today in preparation for the beginning of classes on Monday, Aug. 17. And when classes resume next Monday, the... — Updated 8/10/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Teachers Will Contact Parents Aug. 13 – Transylvania County, NC

With the opening of school less than two weeks away, teachers will be contacting parents next Thursday, Aug. 13, regarding information about the beginning of school. Parents who did not enroll their children in the TCS Online Learn... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Brevard Academy Moving Ahead With Plan B – Brevard, NC

School Director Ted Duncan told the Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors in a meeting Friday morning that the school is moving forward to open under Plan B, a hybrid model, next month. “The large... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By John Lanier    News

School Board Adopts Plan B To Reopen Aug. 17 – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education voted 4-1 Monday evening to adopt Plan B to reopen schools on Aug. 17. Board member Marty Griffin cast the dissenting vote. Board Vice Chair Ron Kiviniemi moved and Alice Wellborn... — Updated 7/30/2020

 By John Lanier    Features

Reese, Warren To Pursue Careers In Health Care

Teenagers are unique. While they may have many things in common, they also have significant differences. That is true for Rosman High School Valedictorian Grant Reese and Salutatori... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By John Lanier    Features

LaRose, Rising Praise Brevard High Classmates

When Alessandra LaRose first entered Brevard High School, she knew almost no one because her family had just moved here from Maryland. "It was hard for me to try to find a friend,"... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By John Lanier    News

School Board Delays Reopening Decision – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Education decided Monday evening to delay until next Monday a decision on how schools would reopen in August. “We would like a week to make this decision,” said Board Chair Tawny McCoy. “This... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By John Lanier    News

HS Graduation Ceremonies Get Canceled – Transylvania County, NC

Superintendent Jeff McDaris told the Transylvania Board of Education Monday evening the graduation ceremonies planned for next week at Davidson River School, as well as the football stadiums are Brevard and Rosman high schools,... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Academy To Use Hybrid Plans – Brevard, NC

“We will be opening in that hybrid 50-50 model,” said Ted Duncan, school director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, in an interview last Thursday about the 2020-21 school year. Half of Brevard Academy’s... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Cooper Announces Plans For School Reopening – Transylvania County, NC

Tuesday afternoon N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that public schools would reopen next month under Plan B with school districts also having the option to open under Plan C. Noting the increase in number of COVID-19 cases,... — Updated 7/17/2020

 By John Lanier    COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, TRH Providing Full Services

Due to the community effort to keep COVID-19 in check and numerous precautions by local hospital staff, thus far Transylvania Regional Hospital has not had one COVID-19 patient... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By John Lanier    Features

Perfect Summer Tradition:A Dip In The Water

The Pisgah District of Pisgah National Forest was busy Tuesday with people playing in the water. (Times photos by John Lanier)... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By John Lanier    Education

School Board Suspends Career, College Readiness Portfolio Graduation Requirement -Brevard NC

Monday, June 15, the Transylvania County Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend implementing a Career and College Readiness Portfolio as a requirement for graduation. When the state abolished senior projects last year,... — Updated 6/22/2020

 By John Lanier    News

Latest Bond Estimate Needs Trimming-Brevard NC

Transylvania County Board of Education Chair Tawny McCoy said the numbers presented at a recent School Bond Construction Committee between the proposed schematic designs and initial cost of completing those designs at the Brevard... — Updated 6/22/2020


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