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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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Behind the Scene: NHCS Operations Team Explains How Their Preparations led us through the Storm

by Julia LaBombard, NHCS Supplemental Services Supervisor, Operations Department I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! I don’t want to see any more snow, sleet, ice, or freezing rain. Our days are busy enough without the added … Continue reading

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Top NC Superintendents Speak about Importance of Recruiting and Retaining Great Teachers

The following is a position paper prepared by the superintendents of the largest districts in North Carolina. New Hanover County belongs to this consortium. Is North Carolina doing the best job possible in attracting, recruiting, training and retaining great teachers? … Continue reading

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Explanation for Recent Two Hour Delays

Dear Parents, I don’t need to tell you that it has been unusually cold for our region over the past few days. For this reason, New Hanover County Schools decided to operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday and Wednesday … Continue reading

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New Hanover County Schools: Outperforming Area Charter Schools

I must confess that I am a news junkie. I am constantly listening to, reading or following various news feeds. One news story that recently grabbed my attention was that charter schools are outperforming public schools on the new state … Continue reading

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