Author Archives: Tim Markley

The Looming Crisis

By Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent High school seniors around the country are finalizing college applications, and more than likely, they are contemplating their college major and ultimately, their careers. One major they are not choosing is education. There is a … Continue reading

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We Have Reached the Insanity Point on Testing

by Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent I was planning for a recent meeting with local leaders and asked one our high school assistant principals to prepare a calendar about testing at his school. What he submitted can only be called … Continue reading

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We Are So Much More!

by Dr. LaChawn Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Academic Accountability On Thursday, February 5th, schools in New Hanover County and across the state will be issued School Performance Grades for the first time. The NC General Assembly passed a … Continue reading

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Entering the Legislative Season: A Teacher’s Perspective

By Meredith Kokoski, NHCS Teacher of the Year Editor’s Note: Last week, the New Hanover County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley hosted the district’s annual Legislative Luncheon for local and state elected officials. One of the keynote … Continue reading

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The Good You Do For Others

by Dr. LaChawn Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Academic Accountability What do you think of most when you think of this time of year? Family gatherings, hanging decorations, shopping for the perfect gift or maybe you simply think of … Continue reading

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Thank You New Hanover County!

Last night, the 2014 school bond passed with 64% of the votes. While I expected the positive results, I was stunned by the overwhelming level of support. I can only say THANK YOU to the citizens of New Hanover County. … Continue reading

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The Research on School Bonds: Experts Say There are Significant Benefits

The three themes of the school bond referendum are Growth, Safety and Infrastructure. Research, however, shows that there are other significant benefits to modernizing school facilities. Academic Gains: “The research is conclusive: school facilities have a measurable impact on the … Continue reading

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The Bond by the Numbers

THE NEED 3,500 Number of students over capacity 450 Number of students over projection this year 3,000 Number of additional students expected in the next 7 years 84 Number of mobile units in use 1964 Year the oldest mobile unit … Continue reading

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The Alternative

One of the most common questions that I am asked when speaking to groups about the upcoming School Bond is – what happens if this doesn’t pass? It is a great question, and one that I want to explore a … Continue reading

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The 2014-15 State Budget for Education: A Confusing Mishmash

I am not sure there is a good way to describe the recently adopted state budget other than to call it “a confusing mishmash.” There are some things to celebrate in the new budget, but there are also a lot … Continue reading

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