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More than 50 of the state's 115 local superintendents stood together today in a historic showing of unity to unveil the "North Carolina Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools." The guide, created with participation and support from superintendents of all North Carolina's school districts, reflects priorities for enhancing pre-K-12 education in the state and specific strategies to achieve those goals.

"This guide is much more than a set of legislative priorities," said Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of the Mooresville Graded Schools and president of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association. "This reflects a concerted effort by all North Carolina superintendents to outline a long-term vision of where our schools need to go and identify a path to get us there."

Edwards, flanked by a majority of the state's local superintendents at a press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center, said creation of this guide is historic for North Carolina because it reflects the shared vision and leadership of all 115 local superintendents.


The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program will award up to 215 grants, each valued at $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for the 2015-16 academic year.

These scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.


The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University's Department of Political Science and Public Affairs begins this semester with a Monday, Feb. 2, panel, featuring four presentations involving the South China Sea.

Niall Michelsen, associate professor of political science, will discuss "China's Territorial Disputes and World Politics."


Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.


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