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U.S. Census Bureau reports that college enrollment declines for second year in a row[Sep. 25, 2014]
College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the Current Population Survey released today. The Census Bureau began collecting data on college enrollment in this survey in 1966.
Two interim principals named to Chatham County schools[Aug. 19, 2014]
At the Board of Education meeting Monday evening, two interim principals were named to Chatham County Schools. Lisa Norwood was named interim for Horton Middle School and David Moody was named for Siler City Elementary.
Dr. Lawrence Savage is the new Siler City Elementary principal[Aug. 6, 2014]
During the July 30 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Lawrence Savage was approved as the new principal of Siler City Elementary School. Dr. Savage was selected from over 20 applicants for the position. He holds a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), and he served as an ESL teacher for 13 years.
Central Carolina Community College Chatham Provost Allen retires[Jul. 13, 2014]
Central Carolina Community College in Chatham County has changed a lot since Dr. Karen Allen was hired in 1988 — and she was instrumental in bringing about those changes. Twenty-six years later, she has bid farewell to the college, retiring as of June 30. The college hired Allen in 1988 as its continuing education coordinator in Chatham County. In 1996, the Chatham resident became the college’s provost for the county with the responsibility to lead and grow the college as it served Chatham’s growing population and need for vocational, continuing, and university transfer education.
Virginia Cross Elementary's Wendi Pillars is finalist for All-Star Teachers program[Jun. 18, 2014]
Wendi Pillars, an ESL teacher at Virginia Cross Elementary (VCE) in Siler City, has been selected as a finalist for the MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘People’ launch “All-Star Teachers” program, which is part of the MLB’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education. 30 winning teachers will be recognized at the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star game on July 15, 2014 on FOX, with a winner featured in PEOPLE magazine.
Band director Eugene Cottrell says goodbye to Northwood[Jun. 8, 2014]
Dear Northwood Band Family, It is with sincere gratitude that I thank you for your dedication, effort and support over the last 15 years. I must let you know that I have accepted the position at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. The first reason that may come to your mind probably has to do with money. I can assure you that money has no bearing on my decision to move to this next chapter in my life. In fact, I will actually be making slightly less even with a 12 month contract.
Committee plans Chatham County project graduation[Jun. 5, 2014]
Since 1990, Project Graduation has been an annual event for graduating seniors from all Chatham County high schools. Seniors and their guests enjoy a fun-filled evening with music, inflatable games and plenty of food in a safe graduation celebration that is alcohol and drug free. This year, the county-wide event will be held at Northwood High School in Pittsboro from 11 p.m. Saturday, June 14 to 6 a.m. Sunday, June 15.
Chatham commissioners visit NC General Assembly to protect lottery proceeds[May 30, 2014]
On May 28, 2014, Chatham County Commissioners Walter Petty and Mike Cross attended County Assembly Day at the General Assembly in Raleigh, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). The key goals of the visit was to protect and restore lost lottery proceeds that help fund school facilities and to advocate for local control of environmental regulations.
Red Clay Ramblers visit Pollard Middle School band students[May 10, 2014]
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School eighth grade band students received a wonderful surprise Friday, April 4, during their regular band class. Michele Reams, Pollard director had invited The Red Clay Ramblers to join her class, in order to share their music and skills. The musical group wowed the kids with their rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” followed by instrumental warm ups, breathing and metronome exercises, and each group listened attentively to each other. One of the many highlights included student trumpet player, Christopher Keesor being asked to join the group on a piece.
For the fifth year in a row, Chatham County Schools saw a decline in the dropout rate[May 3, 2014]
For the fifth year in a row, Chatham County Schools saw a decline in the dropout rate. In a new report from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) presented to State Board of Education members at their monthly meeting, the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report
demonstrated that dropout rates across the state fell to record lows. The state dropout rate for 2012-2013 was 2.45%, with Chatham County Schools coming in even lower at 2.23%. This demonstrates a reduction of 1.59% from the previous year. Some surrounding district rates were: Lee County Schools 3.14%; Orange County Schools 2.28%; Durham County Schools 3.21%; Randolph County Schools 2.41%.
Chatham Schools co-recipient of $800,000 education grant[Apr. 30, 2014]
Students in Chatham County public schools will soon have a new program and skilled advisors to help them advance their academic and vocational education, thanks to an $800,000 Education and Workforce Innovation Fund grant. The five-year grant, from the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission, was awarded jointly to the Chatham, Harnett and Lee public school districts in collaboration with Central Carolina Community College.
Chatham County teacher selected for LearnZillion Dream Team[Apr. 25, 2014]
Amy Phillips, eighth grade math teacher at Bonlee School, isn’t afraid to try new things to engage her students. Phillips is at the forefront of the flipped classroom approach in Chatham Count, essentially an instructional strategy where lectures and notes happen over video or podcasts for homework and problem solving and reinforcement happen in the classroom while the teacher is available to answer questions. Phillips has found great success with this method and her students are thriving.
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