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.

UNC Panned for Reopening Debacle

From unproductive meetings with student activists to having its bluff called by privileged, rule-breaking students, UNC has turned a difficult situation into a completely foreseeable debacle over the past two weeks.

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.

In a Time of Need, Students Drive Up

During the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic lockdown, several students from the Chinese School of Chapel Hill saw local businesses and local residents struggling. They wanted to do something about that.

High Schools Face an Uncertain Future

Any high school coach of significant stature lives by an annual schedule. When the final week of June rolls around, Jason Curtis is usually compiling paperwork for the upcoming soccer season and preparing for early tryouts.

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.

A Baseball Dream Deferred for Carrboro High

For now, the closest that Kevin Ladd will come to seeing baseball at Durham Athletic Park will be whenever “Bull Durham” pops up on basic cable. Ladd, the baseball coach at Carrboro High, had more in mind for this summer…

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.

Feeding Schoolkids When There’s No School

Thousands of K-12 students in Orange County rely on free and reduced-price school meals. Thanks to groups like TABLE, these students won’t be left hungry while school is out.

Teaching in the Age of Coronavirus

With many local college students now confined to their homes, UNC-Chapel Hill professors are facing a daunting challenge this semester. Here’s how they’ve been able to “zoom” through the coronavirus crisis.

Coming Together, Years After High School

SCHOOLS By Jock Lauterer More than 50 years ago in Chapel Hill, there were two high schools — one for black students, one for white. Now there is one alumni…

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…