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  High school seniors devastated over cancelled prom, uncertain graduation plans

High school seniors across the state and country are missing once-in-a-lifetime memories in an effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

CFCC hosting virtual activities for students, employees during coronavirus outbreak

UNCW suspends non-athletic summer programs

  VIDEO: West Brunswick High seniors receive caps and gowns in special drive-thru

NHCS begins distributing electronic devices

Williston teacher returns in new role after completed investigation

  GLOW Academy feeds hundreds of students each day while schools remain closed

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  Wi-Fi hotspots now available at Pender County high schools

N.C. State Board of Education seeks federal testing waiver

  With schools remaining closed for months, districts expand remote teaching plans

CFCC postpones spring commencement ceremonies

Support the Port offers free downloadable coloring books for children home because of the coronavirus pandemic

FTCC cancels spring commencement, postponed until December

  UNCW will use online classes for the remainder of semester

Officials with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced Wednesday that online and alternative instruction will remain in effect for the remainder of the spring semester.

Brunswick County School Board member concedes primary election

Catherine Cooke, a current member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, has decided not to call for a recount in her District 3 republican primary election against David Robinson.

  CFCC leadership concerns make state, national headlines

In addition to the Martin Center report, the New York City-based National Review Online has now picked up on the story, calling the situation at CFCC an “abuse of power.”

Coronavirus update: UNCW halts travel to areas where state of emergency has been declared

UNCW will not be “funding, sponsoring or supporting” any travel to areas where a state of emergency has been declared due to coronavirus, university officials announced Monday.

Pender County leaders meet to discuss education budget as population continues to grow

  Newcomers could oust incumbents in Brunswick County Board of Education race

  After large showing of support, New Hanover High baseball coach expected to return in August

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Get ready for a book battle!

Williston Middle School teacher under investigation following criminal allegation

North Carolina schools chief: People want Common Core gone

  Tip line dedicated to ex-band director sex abuse case still open

Since the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office launched a tip line dedicated to investigating former Roland Grise band teacher Peter Frank, just twelve calls have been made.

‘A child’s love of reading is created when they have a choice’: 7th grade teacher hopes to provide a new opportunity for students

Mrs. Ortega at Wilmington Prep Academy hopes to allow her students the opportunity to read a book they picked out together as a class.

CFCC hosting Career and College Promise information session for high school students tonight

The session will be held at CFCC’s North Campus in the McKeithan Center’s BB&T Auditorium.

  Columbus County Schools gives progress update after cyber hack wiped systems

After a “cyber disturbance” that took out internet and phone lines in the Columbus County school system, the superintendent says they’re moving in the right direction, but still need plenty of help.

  Middle school band teacher charged with sex crimes fired by New Hanover County Schools

Peter Frank's employment has been terminated by the board of education.

  New Hanover BOE to discuss status of teacher charged with sex crimes

The New Hanover County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Saturday, Feb. 15, to discuss the employment status of Peter Frank.

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Remembering the first black student to integrate New Hanover County Schools

Remembering Aaron McCrae, the first black student to integrate New Hanover County Schools

  Superintendent search: New Hanover County school board to look outside district

The New Hanover County Board of Education is searching for both interim and permanent superintendent after passing on Deputy Superintendent Dr. LaChawn Smith for the interim position Tuesday night.

  Pender County schools talks sex abuse training, new school calendar

Pender County Schools discussed several notable items at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

  New Hanover County Schools still without an interim superintendent

New Hanover County Schools still without an interim superintendent

  ‘We hope to earn back their trust very quickly’: NHCS using new system to streamline complaints

Ethix360 is used by businesses and schools across the country and provides third-party compliance solutions to manage, investigate, and resolve issues.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Kids learn by doing’

Mrs. Nealy is asking for supplies to teach math manipulates with a hands-on approach.

  Thousands sign petition to remove Holliday’s name from Laney Stadium

Thousands of people have signed a petition requesting Rick Holliday’s name be removed from the Laney High School Football Stadium. The former Laney High School principal abruptly retired from his job with New Hanover County Schools last summer in the midst of a teacher sex abuse scandal.

  In fallout of New Hanover schools sex scandal, many feel superintendent should be held accountable

While the New Hanover County Schools district and its Board of Education continue to deal with the fallout of a third employee being arrested on sex crime charges in the past two years, many parents have turned their frustration toward the district’s administration, including Superintendent Dr. Tim

  Parents leave Roland Grise support meeting with mixed emotions

After a week of turmoil within the New Hanover County School district following the arrest of band instructor Peter Frank, the district hosted a support night for parents of Roland Grise Middle and Hoggard High schools.

  'I don’t understand how you can be a pedophile and keep your job’: 12-year old asks NHC School Board

Parents packed the New Hanover County School Board meeting Tuesday, demanding for superintendent Tim Markley to be removed. Many of those parents and even a 12-year-old girl spoke out about the school sex scandal.

  WECT Investigates: County preparing for potential claim in death of inmate Nicholas Oates

The family of Nicholas Oates has filed a claim against New Hanover County, apparently stemming from Oates death late last year while in the custody of the New Hanover County Jail.

‘Every life is a biography:’ Teacher hopes to get materials for her students to create books

As part of the second-grade curriculum, students learn about people all over the world. Mrs. Dolan wants to give her students the opportunity to write about their own lives in the form of a personal narrative.

  Mother of student victimized by former teacher of the year speaks at community meeting

The New Hanover County Schools United for Students group hosted a support meeting for parents and students of the New Hanover County School district Monday.

  No action: NHC School Board will resume closed session meeting on Tuesday

After more than two hours in closed session, the board emerged and said it will resume the closed session meeting Tuesday

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

  CFCC Board shares confidence in president’s leadership following employee complaints

It was an unusually full board meeting at CFCC on Thursday night. Many faculty attended to see what would happen when the Board of Trustees met for the first time to discuss recently disclosed concerns about President Jim Morton’s leadership by two executives who just resigned.

  ’If you’re not being heard keep on talking’: NHC commissioner speaks out about school district culture

Elected leaders are acknowledging a problem with the culture within the New Hanover County School District.

  Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

  NHC Board of Education considers resolution to support clean water in schools

After the EWG study about PFAS was released earlier this month, Clean Cape Fear proposes the board take action.

  New Hanover County band teacher charged with 12 felony sex crimes

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a middle school band teacher was charged with 12 felony sex crimes.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to add a new cozy carpet

Hewlett’s class is full of 21 energetic five and six year old boys and girls who work better when they can spread out on the carpet, instead of sitting at tables.

  Pender County leadership program to serve dropout students

Mt. Calvary University opened its doors in 2018, but they’re already striving to branch out in the Pender County education community.

  Florence School District One opens sensory rooms

Florence School District One is working on becoming more autism friendly. The school district has opened new rooms to help stimulate the learning abilities for those children through sensory rooms.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: “Let’s have a moment of science” Teacher wants tools for students to compete in Science Olympiad

6-8 grade students at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply are getting ready for a Science Olympiad March 7 at UNCW. Their teacher, Patricia Gilliand, is asking for donation on the Donors Choose website to purchase tools to help them get prepared.

  Wilmington charter school suspends use of seclusion room after illegal usage

The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry suspended use of its seclusion room last fall after the family of a seven-year-old student filed a grievance against the public charter school. The school admitted that the room — and its policies for the room — did not meet minimum state standards.

  Board chair responds to story about alleged mismanagement, retaliation at CFCC

While David says the board only has one anonymous letter, during the last several weeks, WECT has spoken to more than two dozen current and former employees of CFCC who voiced similar concerns about CFCC President Morton.

  Brunswick County Board of Education chooses redistricting plan

During a special called meeting of the Board of Education, members voted unanimously for Option 1, to re-district elementary school and middle school students in the Northern Portion of Brunswick County.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Stand to understand

Mrs. Milligan at Shallotte Middle School is asking for help with funding to give her students the option to stand in her classroom.

‘Essence’ Editor-in-Chief Emerita to speak at UNCW’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Taylor is the founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.

  WECT Investigates: Top executives at CFCC say President Morton has created toxic culture

Two former executives at Cape Fear Community College are speaking publicly about why they recently left their jobs with the college. Several others at the highest levels of the college echoed their concerns.

  Brunswick County parents voice concerns over redistricting process

Parents had one last chance to voice their thoughts and concerns about redistricting plans Tuesday night and the Brunswick County school board meeting.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants memoirs by noted author for students

Ashley Keegan is asking for copies of Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong memoirs on the Donors Choose site, an online charity that helps teachers get funding for school projects.

  Coastal Preparatory Academy makes changes at the top, hires new Head of Lower School

Coastal Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Wilmington, announced a change in leadership at its schools

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher still needs $11,000 to take students to arts festival in Scotland

Julia Heckathorn, the theatre and dance teacher at Whiteville High School wants to take her students to Scotland. They’ve been selected to perform at the world’s largest arts festival in Edinburgh.

  Columbus Co. Schools proposal would close four campuses to cut costs

“Nobody wants to close schools, but we really don’t have an option at this point if we want to insure that we can continue to educate kids in the most effective way,” said Superintendent Deanne Meadows.

  CFCC tops list of North Carolina schools offering associate degrees in nursing

CFCC finished ahead of Johnston Community College in the rankings of associate degree nursing programs.

  Draft options finalized for Brunswick County redistricting

Parents got their final lesson on four draft options for redistricting in the northern part of Brunswick County.

HAPPENING TODAY: UNCW prepares for fall commencement ceremonies

UNCW will hold its fall commencement ceremonies Saturday. Dec. 14, at Trask Coliseum.

UNCW plans to add new facility for recently approved Coastal Engineering degree

The UNCW Board of Trustees discussed plans Friday for a new Coastal Engineering Facility to be online by the fall semester of 2021.

  Proposed tuition increase for UNCW would benefit student support programs

It could cost students more to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the 2020-21 school year. The UNCW Board of Trustees are expected to vote on a potential tuition increase Friday afternoon.

Calling all polar plungers: 2020 Wrightsville Plunge registration open now

The 5th annual Wrightsville Plunge, hosted by Communities in Schools, is set for January 1, New Year’s Day. The festivities for the “Plungin’ for a Purpose” begin at 11 a.m. with the plunge taking place at noon.

  Pender County Board of Education approves pay scale for school bus drivers

The Pender County Board of Education has approved an increase in pay for some of the county’s bus drivers.

  Pender Co. Board of Education approves anti-vape program

The Pender County Board of Education approved the implementation of a vape education program for middle and high school students.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Send us to the show!’ Librarian wants to take students to Broadway play in N.Y.

Librarian wants to take students to Broadway play in N.Y.

  Wilmington student receives gift of a lifetime from classmates

Thirty three members of the student government came up with the idea after they saw Jacob struggling with his homework.

  School bus tracking app now available for New Hanover County parents

New Hanover County Schools administrators are preparing to launch a new phone app that will help parents track their child’s school bus. The Parent Portal Bus Tracking Application won’t officially go live until January 2, but administrators are doing a soft roll out this month to help people get fam

  New Hanover County Schools launches online reporting system

On Monday, New Hanover County Schools will launch a new system that will allow parents, students, employees, and community members to report a complaint or concern anonymously.

  Additional public information meeting scheduled for Brunswick Co. Schools redistricting

The school system has scheduled an additional public information meeting for Monday, Dec. 16, for Phase 1 of its redistricting process.

  New Hanover Board of Education moves forward with redistricting plan

The board voted on the item on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to stimulate critical thinking using Legos

Mrs. W of Williams Township School is asking for a variety of Lego sets to help stimulate students in grades K-2 during their weekly library centers.

  Redistricting, school calendar on agenda for New Hanover Board of Education

Two heavily debated topics will be on the agenda for Tuesday night’s New Hanover County Board of Education meeting.

Topsail High to perform in Chicago parade on Thanksgiving Day

The Topsail High School marching band is in Chicago getting ready for their most watched performance. The band will perform Thursday in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.