School News

When a Campus Becomes a Ghost Town

Sabrina Zirkle walks through a quiet and barren university campus, reminded of the energetic commotion that once was. Its emptiness overwhelms her. She writes down her feelings, for that has given her clarity in the past.

UNC’s Financial Struggles Predate the Pandemic

UNC-Chapel Hill is facing significant financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic — losses that could lead to potential furloughs and departmental budget cuts — but data show the school’s financial problems were present long before that.

Graduation rates rise. Was it COVID?

There may at least be one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Partially because of a pandemic-forced switch to remote learning and also through concentrated efforts by high school principals and staff, the graduation rate for Black students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools jumped nearly 10 percent during the last school year.

Cops in Our Schools: Are They Needed?

Before introducing the final discussion topic at the July 23 Chapel-Hill Carrboro school board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Patrick Abele felt moved to issue a warning.

Tigers Wait, with High Hopes

Could the coronavirus pandemic actually help the Chapel Hill High football team? Coach Issac Marsh thinks it might. Since reaching the 2014 Eastern Regional final, Chapel Hill has won just 10 varsity games. And now, the team doesn’t know when it will next be playing.

First Day of Classes: Old Traditions, New Concerns

As the sun stepped over the horizon on the first day of class Monday at UNC, senior Jessie LaMasse, wearing a sky-blue shirt, emblazened “CAROLINA” and a mask, pedaled her bicycle to the back-lit Old Well before 6:30 a.m.

Remote Learning Until January

It’s going to be even longer before local schoolkids get to enter their classrooms. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education has voted unanimously to keep all learning online at least until Jan. 15, 2021.

College Students Question Campus Return During Pandemic

Many North Carolina colleges and universities have begun moving forward with plans to reopen on an adjusted schedule this fall. But as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the state — especially among young people — many college students are feeling uneasy about the prospects of returning to campus in a few weeks.

Trustees Lift Naming Freeze

The UNC Board of Trustees has voted to lift its freeze on renaming buildings, monuments and memorials that are associated with racism and white supremacy “to help our campus heal and move forward with a mission to learn from our past,” said Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and trustee Chair Richard Stevens in a statement.

NAACP Builds a Bridge to Learning

What to do about the potential widening of the achievement gap between black students and white students due to the coronavirus pandemic? The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP has an idea.

UNC to Open, Close Early

UNC Chapel Hill will re-open its campus for the fall semester but will start and finish it early “in an effort to stay ahead of that second wave” of the coronavirus, university Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday.

UNC Ready to Announce Fall Plans

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz says the university intends to reveal its plans for the fall semester by the end of May.

A Local Swim Meet

SCHOOLS Parent volunteers work as lane timers at the June 27 swim meet between the CHCCR Sharks and the Hollow Rock Pirhanas. Parent volunteer Stacey Lange leads a group of…

At East, Music is Sweet Jam

SCHOOL NEWS Guest Column by Megan Talikoff A lot was going on backstage in the last hour before East Chapel Hill High School’s final A Cappella Jam.  The practice rooms…