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Education

Are New Hanover commissioners ‘blinking’ on a 3-year, $89-million plan to make the community safer?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — When shots rang out inside New Hanover High in August, it was a wake-up call for local officials. An uptick in violence had spilled over into schools, impacting the lives of thousands of youth as several campuses locked down districtwide. Within days, New Hanover County officials had offered a share of […]

Myrtle Grove Middle teaching assistant charged with assaulting 12-year-old in cafeteria

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A Myrtle Grove Middle teaching assistant is no longer with the school after allegedly putting her hands on a 12-year-old student last month in the cafeteria. Sequana Brown was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and simple assault Sept. 23, more than a week after the incident occurred on the campus. A […]

Heightened security continues at New Hanover County school board meetings in wake of fiery protests

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County Schools is maintaining tightened security at its board meetings to mitigate impassioned and sometimes hostile crowds there to oppose a torrent of politically divisive issues, from mask mandates to critical race theory. Traditionally, school board meetings are a time to recognize student achievements or hear updates from senior […]

Topsail High teacher suspended for optional political assignment, online petition says

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Update: Just after 8 p.m. Monday, school district spokesperson Bob Fankboner informed local media that Pearsall is returning to work Tuesday. “Because this involves personnel, Pender County Schools will not discuss specifics of the matter,” he added. PENDER COUNTY –– An online petition circulating on social media is rapidly garnering support for a long-time Topsail High […]

‘No one is applying’: Pandemic further weakens fragile yet imperative childcare system

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The pandemic inflamed pre-existing wounds in the childcare industry nationwide, with a palpable effect on parents, workers, and business owners.  Problems were always there, but the past year elevated issues to a crisis level, worthy of examination and even systemwide reimagination.  CATCH UP ON PART ONE: Nearly 750 children on waitlist for […]

Lawsuit details retaliatory actions against girls at Cape Fear Academy after speaking out about bullying, sexual harassment

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WILMINGTON –– A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C. describes a series of retaliatory moves taken against female students by administrators at Cape Fear Academy, following the revelation of alleged bullying and sexual harassment by fellow male students.  After administrators failed to take action against a group of […]

Substitute shortage burning out teachers, NHCAE says billions that could help in limbo

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A substitute shortage stemming from early Covid days has continued into the new school year, and New Hanover County Schools teachers say they are already exhausted from picking up the slack of the missing staff. “It’s hurting morale, it’s burning us out, and we are at the breaking point,” Christina Holland, […]

Video: Anti-mask group continues protests at school board meeting

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A group of ralliers opposed to face coverings once again turned out to the New Hanover County Board of Education meeting and created a ruckus outside while school board business was underway. For months, protesters have shown up to the board meetings to speak out against mask wearing. Per Senate Bill […]

$600K in state lottery funds to bankroll school security construction project

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County and the school system are allocating $600,000 of its N.C. Education Lottery funds this year for new security hardware and entry vestibules on K-12 campuses. Design and planning for the project will cost $250,000, and the remaining $350,000 will cover the price of the additions and renovations at […]

Nearly 750 children on waitlist for childcare subsidies, industry struggling

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The childcare system is fragmented and strained, on the precipice of a national crisis emerging from the pandemic.  In New Hanover County, 748 otherwise eligible children with working parents –– bigger than an entire elementary school –– are currently on a waitlist to receive public vouchers to help offset the cost of childcare. […]