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New Hanover County Schools’ 2015-16 County Budget Request

by Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent & Mary Hazel Small, Chief Financial Officer The 2014-15 school year is quickly coming to a close and I expect our students to achieve at a very high level. New Hanover County Schools continues to … Continue reading

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School Mental Health- Challenges and Supports

By Lisa Burriss, LCSW, NBCT, NHCS Lead Counselor and Social Worker In serving well over 26,000 children and youth in the New Hanover County School system, there are numerous opportunities to identify and respond to the mental health needs of … Continue reading

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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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