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 By John Lanier    News    August 8, 2019

Sayoc Receives 20 Years – Brevard, NC

Cesar Sayoc, who attended Brevard College in the early 1980s, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in New York Monday. Sayoc, 57, was arrested last October for allegedly mailing explosives to prominent Democrats. In March, he...

 
 By John Lanier    News    August 5, 2019

Uncertainty Looms As Schools Prepare For Opening Day – Transylvania County, NC

With school scheduled to open in three weeks, uncertainty looms regarding the state budget, health care coverage and the implementation of a new reading program. “We’ve got a lot of uncertainty,” said Transylvania County Schools Superintendent...

 
 By John Lanier    Features    July 25, 2019

From International Law To Conducting: BMC's Ken Lam Offers Unique Perspective

Given the circuitous route he took to reach his current positions in the world of classical music, Ken Lam, the current resident conductor at the Brevard Music Center, has a rather unique...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 15, 2019

Board Hears Employee Pay Plan Options – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday received two options regarding employee compensation that are aimed at making the county more competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees. County Manager Jaime Laughter said...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 20, 2019

Report: School Crimes Decrease

Crimes and suspensions in Transylvania County Schools decreased during the 2018-19 school year. “All my news is positive. I don’t have anything negative. We had a great year this year,” Alan Justice, director of athletics, safe schools and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 13, 2019

Academy Students Have 75 Percent Proficiency Rating

Ted Duncan, director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, informed the school’s board of directors June 5 that the overall proficiency rate for students on this year’s end-of-grade tests for reading and science is 75 percent. Dunca...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 10, 2019

Brevard Graduates Seek New Horizons

Skies that threatened rain did not dampen the spirits of the Brevard High School Class of 2019 as 167 seniors received their diplomas at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium Friday evening. BHS Principal...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 6, 2019

School Board Selects Firms

Monday evening the Transylvania County Board of Education selected Clark Nexsen as the architectural firm and Vannoy Construction as the CMAR (construction manager at risk) to design and complete $68 million worth of renovations and new construction...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 3, 2019

BHS Provides Welcoming Family Atmosphere

When Jackson Whitt and Cullen Duval began their freshmen years at Brevard High School, they were not well known. Whitt and his family had just moved to Brevard from a small town in Wisconsin. Duval,...

 
 By John Lanier    News    June 3, 2019

RHS Seniors Ready To Expand Their Horizons

Joshua Voris and Luke Stewart have been classmates since elementary school, but now the Rosman High seniors are ready to graduate and expand their horizons. Voris, who is senior class president and...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 27, 2019

Official: Federal Government Weakening CTE Program - Transylvania County, NC

Arleca Chapman, director of Career-Technical Education and Student Services for the local school system, told the Transylvania County Board of Education last Monday night that the CTE program has a “lot of good things going on,” but the federal...

 
 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    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    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    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...

 

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