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 By John Lanier    News    February 22, 2018

Board Moving Toward Teacher Contract Changes

By a 3-2 vote Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved the first reading of Policy 7410, which covers contracts for non-career status teachers. For decades, teachers in North Carolina worked on one-year contracts for their...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 19, 2018

McDaris: School Safety The Top Priority

While tragedies such as the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., could happen anywhere in the United States, Transylvania County Schools has taken numerous steps over the last several years to lessen the chances of such an event occurring here....

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 15, 2018

Principal, Teacher Contract Changes Discussed

Changes in principal and teacher contracts were discussed last week at the workshop held by the Transylvania County Board of Education. In July of 2017, a new pay schedule for principals went into effect. In the past, a principal’s pay was...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 12, 2018

Board Sees Draft Budget

The Transylvania County Board of Education received it first draft of the local portion of the budget for the coming 2018-19 school year during a board workshop session last Monday evening. Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris informed the board the...

 

BMC Looks Toward Its 'Best' Season - Brevard, NC

"Stupendous," "extraordinary," "astonishing," "exciting." Those are just some of the words Mark Weinstein used to describe the upcoming summer festival at the Brevard Music Center. "I've never been...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 25, 2018

Rural School Funding Decrease Explained

School Superintendent Jeff McDaris said he received an explanation from U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows’ office as to why Transylvania County is no longer eligible for rural school funding, even though counties with larger populations receive such money....

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 22, 2018

Suicide, Student Homeless Shelter Discussed

The need for a suicide prevention awareness program and efforts by Isaac’s Home to provide shelter for homeless students were both brought before the Transylvania County Board of Education last Tuesday evening. During the first public comment...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 18, 2018

School Board To Request Bond For $68 Million

Tuesday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education voted unanimously to pass a resolution requesting that county commissioners seek a $68 million bond for school construction. The bond referendum would be held in November during the general e...

 
 By John Lanier    News    January 15, 2018

Academy Calendar To Stay The Same - Pisgah Forest, NC

Despite missing two days of school and starting school late five days due to inclement weather since the beginning of December, Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy currently does not have to make up those days. School director Ted Duncan...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 28, 2017

Board Discusses Restrictions On Student Numbers In K-3 Grades

State restrictions on the number of students per class in kindergarten through third grade were discussed at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting held on Monday, Dec. 18. Nearly two years ago the state General Assembly passed a law...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 25, 2017

BRCC, Schools Discussed At Board Meeting

The Transylvania County Board of Education received information on its partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and discussed potential changes to policies regarding student dress and wireless communications usage at its recent meeting. “This...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 21, 2017

School System Picks Architectural Firm Clark Nexsen

The Transylvania County Board of Education selected Clark Nexsen as the architectural firm to continue working on the school system’s Master Facilities Plan in preparation for a possible bond referendum, but postponed signing any contract until a...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 18, 2017

BA Receives Goods News On Report Card - Pisgah Forest, NC

Wednesday evening The Brevard Academy; A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors received good news regarding the school’s audit and school report card for last year. “We gave you a clean opinion. Everything was good,” said C. Briggs Pe...

 
 By John Lanier    News    December 11, 2017

McDaris Responds To Data From The County

Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris said in an interview last week that he appreciates the support the school system receives from the county commissioners, but that the statistics presented at a recent county commission...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 27, 2017

Architectural Firms Look To Be School System's Choice

Last Monday evening five architectural firms made their pitch to be the lead architect for the Transylvania County Board of Education’s proposed bond referendum. The school system has several steps to take before a bond referendum is placed on...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 23, 2017

Schools Expand Reach Of AIG Programs - Brevard NC

Heidi Bullock told the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday night that the AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted) program is providing more options to students. Bullock, who is the AIG specialist/coordinator for Transylvania County...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 16, 2017

Groups Work To Prevent Addiction, Relieve Suffering

While drug abuse continues in the United States and the opioid epidemic continues to worsen, there are individuals and organizations working to stem the tide and provide relief. Representatives of those organizations recently spoke at the fourth and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 6, 2017

Use Of Opioids Doubled In Past 25 Years

For much of this country’s history, opioid abuse had not been much of a problem. In the past last 25 years, however, opioid use has doubled in the United States, killing more people than automobile or gun-related accidents. Jim Hardy, coordinator...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 23, 2017

County Schools Rank Highly

Despite Transylvania County’s high child poverty rate and other problems local children face, Transylvania County Schools once again rank well in the region and the state based on a number of indices for the past school year. Based on end-of-grade...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 16, 2017

Drug Addiction Solution: Connection

More than 100 people attended a program entitled “Everything You Think You Know About Drug Addiction Is Wrong” at the Unitarian Universalist Church Wednesday evening. “Tonight, we are going to try to undue some of the myths about addiction and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 5, 2017

Meacham Answers Questions - Brevard, NC

After receiving a standing ovation for his presentation at Brevard College last Thursday evening, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jon Meacham answered questions from the audience for half an hour....

 
 By John Lanier    News    October 2, 2017

Historian Mixes History, Humor In Presentation

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jon Meacham mixed humor and history while speaking to a packed house at Brevard College's Porter Center for the Performing Arts Thursday evening. Meacham's...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 21, 2017

Board Discusses Seeking Millions For 'Deferred' Needs

The Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the possibility of requesting $19 million from the county commissioners for deferred maintenance during a bond update at its regular monthly meeting held at the Morris Education Center Monday eveni...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 18, 2017

Brevard Academy Awarded A 'B' Grade In Report - Brevard, NC

Ted Duncan, director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, informed the school’s board of directors Wednesday evening that the school has received a grade of “B” on its state report card for last year. “We are officially a...

 
 By John Lanier    News    September 14, 2017

City Candidates Tackle Questions During Forum - Brevard, NC

Some 50 people braved rain and wind to attend the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates’ Forum Monday in the library’s Rogow Room. Brevard City Council candidates Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow gave opening an...

 

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