Education

  Pender County students now have restaurant style lunch options

Pender County Schools has partnered with Aramark to start providing healthy, but tasty options to high school students.

  Foreign exchange student leaving after battle with Brunswick County school system

  New Hanover County gives update on redistricting

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants headphones and storage center for classroom

  Trask Middle, Pine Valley Elementary named among ‘America’s Healthiest Schools’

NHCS’ new Title IX director to be introduced to committee Monday

  Host family frustrated Brunswick County Schools won’t accept exchange student

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Pender County Schools announces make up days

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants flexible seating for her students

UPDATE: Community Classroom teacher’s project fully funded by Leland business

NCDOT staff delivers schools supplies to New Hanover students

  Students towed as Hoggard High School deals with bigger parking shortage

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants chair pockets for first graders

  QUIZ: Do you know when to stop for a school bus?

Millions of students use school buses every day to get to and from school, and there are several things students and drivers can do to ensure everyone stays safe.

  All Brunswick County students will receive free breakfast, lunch for next four years

More than 12,000 students across 19 Brunswick County Schools will have the option to receive free breakfast and lunch for the next four years.

Deal reached to do away with more standardized testing in N.C.

The House and Senate hammered out an agreement between competing bills and scheduled final votes on the measure on Monday evening.

  New app allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school

Parents will be able to track their child's school bus with an app this year

STUDY: New Hanover Co. Schools ranked 18th among N.C. school districts

  Back to school: Be sure to add an eye check up to your checklist

Pirate Promise Agreement will help CFCC students transfer to ECU

  Principal in Georgetown County promotes dressing for success at elementary school with ties and pearls

  Back to school: Tips to make sure your child starts the school year healthy

  Back to school: New Columbus County Schools Superintendent calls on parents, community members to help students succeed

Authorities urge parents to know apps that could pose a danger to their kids

Back to school time means kids are making new friends and it also leads to increased social media activity.

New Hanover County Schools Redistricting Committee looks at new proposals

New Hanover County Redistricting Committee met Tuesday to go over new proposed plans from Cropper GIS Consulting.

  Governor delivers school supplies, talks pay raises with teachers

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Penderlea Elementary School Tuesday to deliver school supplies and meet with educators to discuss teacher pay.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help buying books for classroom

Adrian Tharpe is asking for donations on the Donors Choose website to purchase diverse books for her classroom library so her students will be able to take accelerated reading tests.

  New STEM school ready to open in Brunswick County

A new school year is almost here and a new school is ready to open its doors. Brunswick County celebrated the ribbon cutting of The Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST).

  Still no law requiring fingerprint background checks for teachers in N.C. public schools

Despite public outcry, state lawmakers have failed again and again to pass legislation requiring fingerprint-level background checks for all job candidates applying to work in public schools.

  City Council to consider designating 3rd St. in honor of civil rights pioneer

On September 3, city council members will consider designating 3rd St. from Market St. to Davis St. in honor of retired Major General Joseph A. McNeil, a Wilmington native and civil rights pioneer.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants flexible seating for special needs students

Jessica Milligan has created a Donors Choose project with hopes of getting flexible seating for her classroom.

  NHC Title IX Committee talks equality, still lacks mission statement

The New Hanover County Schools Title IX Committee met Monday, but the new director of the committee was absent from the meeting.

  UNCW professor accuses NHCS superintendent of intimidation after employer is contacted

A prominent professor from UNCW has filed a formal complaint with New Hanover County Schools, claiming the superintendent contacted his employer in an attempt to intimidate and silence him.

Back to School Safety Summit topics include new threat analysis unit

The event will be held Monday afternoon in the auditorium of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pam Walker says she expects 300 to 400 people to attend.

Dr. LaChawn Smith, new Deputy Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, says focus is the future

Dr. LaChawn Smith was named the new Deputy Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools. She replaces Dr. Rick Holliday whose retirement came on the heels of a lawsuit over the district's handling of a former teacher accused of sex crimes.

New Hanover Co. Schools announces administrative additions, changes

The New Hanover County Board of Education approved several news administrators and administrative changes during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants books for global read aloud project

Sasha Wooddell is asking for donations on the Donors Choose website so the book “The Bridge Home” can be purchased and delivered in time for the Global Read Aloud which begins in October.

Discussion continues on possible dress code changes for New Hanover Co. Schools

Changes to the school system’s dress code will be discussed during a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, of the New Hanover County Schools Policy Committee.

Bullet resistant backpacks add extra layer of protection for school bound children

The harsh reality of mass shootings in public areas, including schools, has some parents thinking about safety precautions for their children, which includes buying bullet resistant backpacks.

Searching for planets among the stars

A planet that is bigger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune with temperatures that could support water on its surface.

  Amid teacher sex crime lawsuit, some upset at timing of Rick Holliday’s retirement recognition

After nearly 40 years working in the New Hanover County School System, Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday has retired.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help getting students to N.C. Science Olympiad Regionals

Peter Stewart, a sixth-grade teacher at Holly Shelter Middle School, is hoping to get enough donations through the Donors Choose website, an online charity, to purchase the supplies needed for the N.C. Science Olympiad Regionals in March.

  Three additional plaintiffs step forward in teacher sex crime suit against NHCS

Three additional former students of Mike Kelly have joined a lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools.

  Could tiny pieces of plastic in fish become a big problem for humans?

A research team at UNCW is studying how contaminants in plastic might be transferred from prey to black sea bass.

New Hanover Co. Schools announces school administrator changes

One school will have a new principal for the 2019-2020 school year while several will have new assistant principals, New Hanover County Schools announced Monday.

  Deep dive: New Hanover schools face a class-action lawsuit, what does that mean?

Two Wilmington-based law firms announced Tuesday they will represent multiple victims of sexual abuse in a civil suit, alleging that negligence on the part of the school board and administration makes them liable for damages.

  Attorneys file suit against NHCS in teacher sex crime scandal, seek class action

A judge will ultimately decide if this can proceed as a class action, but there is commonality in the claims. Former teacher Michael Kelly is the perpetrator against all of the victims the attorneys represent, Kelly engaged in sexual activity with the victims, and all were boys under age 18.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants pickleball equipment for Myrtle Grove Middle

Myrtle Grove Middle School has a pickleball team. The problem is they don’t have the equipment. Sean Berg, a sixth grade teacher at the school is hoping to get funding for the equipment through Donors Choose.

  New Hanover school employees that are fired, even convicted of felonies, still eligible for retirement benefits

It does not matter if an employee is convicted of a felony that isn't related to their work. A teacher could traffic heroin, burn down a house, or even commit murder -- if the crime isn't directly related to their job, then it doesn't affect benefits.

  UNCW votes to allow alcohol sales at athletic events

UNCW board of trustees voted today to allow alcohol to be served at their athletic events, notably basketball games.

  UNCW Board of Trustees discusses alcohol sales at on-campus sporting events

UNCW will need to act quickly if it wants to get permission to sell alcoholic beverages in time for the upcoming basketball season.

  Former State Senator Michael Lee added to UNCW Board of Trustees

Michael Lee and Dr. Yousry Sayed have been added to the UNCW Board of Trustees.

  New Hanover County Board of Education hires Brooks Pierce Law Firm to handle an independent investigation

The New Hanover County Board of Education decided at a meeting Tuesday night to hire the Brooks Pierce Law Firm to handle an independent investigation of the Michael Kelly case.

  Two southeastern NC summer meals programs recognized by USDA

The US Department of Agriculture's Turnip the Beet awards are given to summer meal programs sponsors who serve nutritious, appealing and appetizing meals when children are out of school.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher at all-girls school needs help with supplies

Greyson Davis, an art teacher at Glow Academy, is asking for donations through the Donors Choose website to purchase better supplies for his classroom

  New art exhibit uses the moon as inspiration

The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moonwalk

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969

Target to provide discounts for educators with Teacher Prep event

This week, teachers can save an extra 15% on select items at Target.

  New tech program at CFCC prepares students for careers in cybersecurity

The Cyber Crime Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year program, composed of 65 credit hours. It will train individuals to investigate computer crimes, properly seize and recover computer evidence, and aid in the prosecution of cyber-criminals.

  Ocean Isle Beach sea turtle organization thrilled over record nesting numbers

The southeastern coast has seen an astonishing number of sea turtle nest this year. North Carolina, among other states, have all broken records.

New Hanover Co. Schools to air Title IX Committee meeting on Facebook Live

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the New Hanover Board of Education Center located at 1805 S. 13th St.

  New Hanover Board of Education flipped its stance on independent investigation. How did we get here?

The New Hanover County Board of Education has reversed its decision not to conduct any internal/independent investigations to look into allegations the school district knew about suspected sex crimes against students.

  Camp fosters young people’s interest in science, technology and more

Kids at this week’s Young Scientist Academy have learned about the weather and climate change. They also got a lesson in perseverance.

  Selection of New Hanover County schools redistricting committee questioned

The way Cropper GIS Consulting selected three members to serve on an elementary and middle school redistricting committee came into question at Tuesday’s New Hanover County Board of Education meeting.

  Attorneys exploring evidence for civil suit following teacher sex crime scandal

Two Wilmington law firms have announced they are investigating evidence for a possible civil lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools, after a recent scandal involving students being abused by their teacher.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to amplify quiet students’ voices with Qball microphone

Samantha Ward, a teacher at Town Creek Elementary in Winnabow is hoping to get a Qball for her classroom through Donors Choose, an online charity that helps teachers across the country get funding for special projects.

  Bladen Co. DHHS sets up back to school donation program for students

The Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services is collecting school supplies for students who live with their grandparents and may need some extra help before school starts.

Members chosen for New Hanover Co. schools redistricting committee

Board members reviewed a pool of 63 parent and community applicants to serve on the committee.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to build a classroom library ‘For the Love of Reading’

Christine Gough, a fourth grade teacher at H.C. Bellamy Elementary, wants to build a classroom library with books she hopes will inspire her students to fall in love with reading.

Brunswick Co. Board of Education getting more than $1M in hurricane reimbursement

The Brunswick County Board of Education will be reimbursed nearly $1.4 million for Hurricane Florence-related expenses.

  District Attorney, NHC Sheriff’s Office request SBI review of school administration’s handling of Kelly case

District Attorney Ben David said prosecutors in his office and New Hanover County sheriff's deputies may be interviewed about the underlying sexual assault case, which would create a conflict of interest as both continue to handle current allegations.

  New Hanover County Schools administrator accused in mishandling of allegations of wrongdoings announces retirement

New Hanover County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday on Monday announced his retirement after 37 years with the district.

  Criminal investigation underway into Kelly’s claim schools knew about suspected sex crimes against students

Law enforcement has been investigating claims raised by a former teacher now convicted of sex crimes against students that New Hanover County school administrators knew about claims he’d been sexually inappropriate with his students, and failed to report the allegations.

  At Camp Invention, kids exercise their brains, learn to be self-starters

A different kind of summer camp is being held at Anderson Elementary School this week.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Kids Making It’ teaches youth entrepreneurial and life skills

Kids Making It is a non-profit program aimed at teaching at-risk, low income and disadvantaged youth life skills.

  Bogus applications plaguing NC college campuses, pose security risk

It appears that many of these bogus applications are not coming from real people, but bad actors in other countries making up fake identities. They are using those fake names to pose as college applicants, hoping to be issued a student email account.

  What is moral injury? It’s complicated but canines can help

As painful as physical injuries can be, there generally is a timetable associated with when they will heal. Moral injuries don't work that way.

  Learn to swim program at UNCW provides lessons for children in underserved communities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black children ages 5-19 are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a pool than white kids of the same age.

UNCW to test warning siren system

The school will test the siren at full volume as well as additional emergency communication tools including email, desktop, phone and text notifications.

  NHC leaders continue pledge to keep students in classrooms, out of courtrooms

New Hanover County leaders renewed their pledge to keep students in school and out of the court system Tuesday.

Board approves New Hanover Co. fiscal year budget; $116M slated for public schools

According to a news release from the county, this marks three consecutive years the tax rate has either stayed the same or been reduced.