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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 Tax Impact of the Education Bond May Surprise You

On November 4th, New Hanover County residents will vote on a $160 million school bond. The proposed bond will help address a number of needs that New Hanover County Schools is facing – Safety, Technology and Growth. Today, I want … 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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2014 Graduation Speech- Flag Day

Board Chair Don Hayes during his service in the Vietnam War. Every year at graduation, we hear a lot of great speeches from students, principals and others. This year, one speech stood out for me. That speech was the acceptance … Continue reading

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The Continued Politics of Education

The Senate released its budget yesterday, and the highlight of that budget was an 11% average raise for teachers. That was the good news and is clearly a step in the right direction. The 11% will go a long way … Continue reading

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A Tribute to an Old Friend by Dr. Rick Holliday

The New Hanover County Schools lost one of its legends recently. Coach Joe Miller hung up his whistle for the last time. Much has already been said about the amazing career that he had here at New Hanover High School … Continue reading

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Another Week on the Educational Roller Coaster

It has been an interesting week in North Carolina Education with two major announcements. First, a judge in Guilford County placed an injunction on the 25% rule and teacher tenure. Second, a legislative committee studying Common Core recommended scrapping the … Continue reading

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Regional Teacher of the Year’s – Melissa Gillespie – Legislative Breakfast speech

Congratulations to 2013-14 NHCS Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year – Melissa Gillespie, a Social Studies Teacher at Laney High School. Mrs. Gillespie was recognized at the North Carolina 2014-15 Teacher of the Year Banquet on … Continue reading

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When Education Becomes a Political Football

One of my functions as a superintendent is to take directives from state legislators and the Department of Public Instruction and turn it into action at the local level. I have to clarify the often unexplainable and make sense of … Continue reading

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