WANTED: School Bus Drivers

CHAPEL HILL – Bus drivers are in short supply in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. An issue that’s been brewing under the surface for years has reached a fever pitch during the past few months…

The Real College Deadline

By now, most kids in Chapel Hill and in other quaint little towns and big cities across America have already chosen their college. Or, if they’ve decided not to attend college, they’ve joined the military or, at the very least, have planned their next big bank heist.

School Board Member Responds to NAACP Letter

Thank you for your letter and continued advocacy in support of racial equity in schools. I am keenly aware of the role race plays in unequal education inside our district and am deeply committed to learning and accessing resources that interrupt and transform systems that get in the way of student learning and thriving.

Growing a World of Support for the Young

Flan is Sophie Suberman’s favorite dessert. Suberman — a co-founder and executive director of Grow Your World, a Carrboro-based nonprofit that is a community engagement and development program for elementary and middle schoolers — was gifted with the creamy custard by the parent of two GYW youth. 

A Talk with the New Superintendent

The four priorities for new Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. Nyah Hamlett are: racial equity, school-based mental health and wellness, deeper learning and family engagement.

UNC Pushes Back In-Person Start

UNC has decided to push back the start of in-person undergraduate classes for an additional three weeks because of what Carolina Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz called “record COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina and around the country.”

CHCCS Not Shifting Yet to Hybrid Plan

Students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools won’t see a return to any form of in-person instruction until at least March. The city school board decided at its meeting this week not to shift to hybrid instruction in January due to worsening COVID-19 metrics as well as opposition from teachers and parents,

CHCCS Chooses New Leader

A longtime Virginia educator will be the next superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The city school board has unanimously selected Nyah Hamlett, currently the chief of staff for Loudoun County Public Schools, to lead the district beginning Jan. 1.

When Schooling Was Still Segregated

Carrboro historian and Chapel Hill Historical Society board member Richard Ellington recently hosted a virtual program on Carrboro area schools from Jim Crow to integration.

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.

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.

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.

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.