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A strong educationally sound school system is fundamental to our community’s well being. Many have argued that Town Government has nothing to do with the local school system.  We believe that is “stovepipe” thinking. Joint planning for infrastructure among the Town, County and school officials is essential to the well being of our Chapel Hill-Carrboro public school system.

 

School News

December Update

Chapel Hill High School Renovation. Chapel Hill High School will be rebuilt under a plan approved by the school board Thursday, Dec. 7.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approved the plan recommended by district administrators during a meeting attended by more than 200 vocal parents, teachers and students who demanded the board keep its promise to rebuild the school, which was built in 1966 and is now in disrepair.

The Chapel Hill High project is expected to cost a little more than $64 million at completion. It includes two new academic buildings, and renovation to the Cultural Arts and gymnasium/cafeteria buildings. It would address flooding and air quality issues, safety and security concerns and correct handicap access issues, among others. Read more here.

Message to PTA Councils: At the December 7th Board of Education meeting, the district and Board of Education asked PTAs to reach out to other PTAs and help with advocacy on the K-3 class size issue.

What can you do to help CHCCS and other public school districts throughout North Carolina?

PTA advocacy makes a difference.  If you care about public education in North Carolina, now is the time to act.Webpage: http://chccsptacouncil.blogspot.com   Twitter @chccsptacouncil

 

November Update

Election news.  The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education includes seven members who serve four-year terms and sets the policy and direction for our district. Everyone was impressed with the well qualified candidates running for School Board. Field of candidates here.  Our newly elected School Board are Amy Fowler, Mary Ann Wolf, Joal Broun and currently serving as chair, James Barrett. Congratulations to all!

School Board and County Commission Wrestle with Paying for and Maintaining our Schools.

The news that there would be a tremendous increase in construction costs for two planned school projects could not have come at a worse time. A multimillion-dollar cost increase is forcing the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to re-evaluate plans for building administrative offices paired with a central preschool and a much needed renovation to Chapel Hill High School.

About $160 million in needed work was identified at 10 campuses. District officials planned to start with renovations at Chapel Hill High School and the Lincoln Center campus on South Merritt Mill Road, using $75 million from last year’s voter-approved bond. The other eight projects were to have been funded over the next 10 years.

Given this changed landscape of diminished revenues and escalating costs, CHALT urges the School Board and the County Commissioners to reevaluate previously adopted priorities. We urge the School Board to consider the needs of an aging high school over new administrative offices and a preschool. We urge the County Commission to reset its priorities (funding a problematic light rail and expensive meeting rooms) and commit to funding regular maintenance for our schools instead of allowing them to fall apart.

These two articles summarize the tough choices ahead for our School Board and County Commission:

September Update

Frustrated Parents not Getting Answers from PTA Thrift’s Shop Management  The PTA Thrift Shop’s funding cuts to local schools and silence from its leaders are leaving a lot of parents frustrated, current and former PTA leaders say.

Annetta Streater resigns from School Board  Annette Streater submitted her letter of resignation and her last board meeting was September 18, according to a release from the district. According to Chair James Barrett, “Annetta Streater consistently brought her voice to our conversations and ensured we considered the impact of every decision on all students.”  Ms Streater’s resignation meant that the 4th place finisher in the election serves a 2 year term.

Pamela Baldwin, our new Superintendent Dr. Baldwin has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 17 years in North Carolina. Since 2014, she has served as the superintendent of the Asheville City Schools in Asheville, North Carolina. She spearheaded with the State Employees Credit Union, Buncombe County Schools, Buncombe County Government, and charities to create an housing opportunities for teachers in Asheville.

School Facilities.  The successful “Kids and Families” Bond drive held last November raised money for only two projects:  Chapel Hill High School and Lincoln Center.  We learned that many Older Schools Need a Overhaul. Our schools flood and run with archaic heating and cooling systems.  We were thrilled the Nov 2016 bond passed but we need to do much more.  Major renovations are needed at many of our older schools.  It’s incumbent on all of us to remind our County Commissioners that our schools are our major asset and that it’s our County Commissioners’ responsibility to rehabilitate these older schools.

Carrboro’s Safe Routes to Schools Program

 

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