Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Case for Interscholastic Athletics by Dr. Rick Holliday

Pretend that I am a salesman coming to your school system. I present to you a program that will reduce your dropout rate, improve student attendance and increase academic performance. Oh, here is the catch. It will only cost you … Continue reading

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Surviving Tough Times

Weather here on the coast is starting to heat up and temperatures are staying on the warm side. This brings back memories of my first year of teaching in Fayetteville at E. E. Smith High School. Dr. John Griffin, my … Continue reading

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County Commissioners’ Proposed Legislation Would Hinder the School District

I have serious concerns about a resolution that is being considered by the New Hanover County Commissioners. The resolution requests that the local legislative delegation draft a bill entitled: Act to Modify the School Budget and Fiscal Control Act. This … Continue reading

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Wilmington Urban Prep at Virgo: The Case for a Local Magnet or Charter

First, let me say that the ideas and thoughts here are mine and are not intended to be a reflection of the School Board or the district. With that said, I have given the idea of what should happen to … Continue reading

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Addressing the Drop Out Challenge

One of the challenges facing our nation and our district is the dropout rate. Here is New Hanover County Schools’ dropout rate, which has been on the decline for the last three years until now. The chart below shows this … Continue reading

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