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 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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
 By John Lanier    News

School To Hire More Staff – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors amended its budget last Wednesday evening to pay for additional staff in order to implement Plan A. The previous week, the board voted unanimously to add four... — Updated 10/19/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Academy To Move To Plan A Oct. 19 – Brevard, NC

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday evening to have grades K-5 transition to Plan A beginning Oct. 19. Elementary school students will attend school Monday through... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Elementary School Students To Return To Classroom – Transylvania County, NC

By a 4-1 vote, the Transylvania County Board of Education voted Monday night for elementary schools in the county to begin operating under Plan A at the end of the first nine weeks. Board member Marty Griffin cast the dissenting vo... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Board Wants More Information Before Plan Decision – Transylvania County, NC

The consensus of the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday night was to wait until it had received results from a parent survey and received clarification on social distancing on buses before making any decision about... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

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

 

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