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 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...

 
 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...

 

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