Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 7 / Festivo Día del Trabajo, Lunes, 7 de sept.

Schools and Offices Closed
District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day Holiday.  School will resume as usual and district offices will be open on Tuesday, September 8.

Escuelas y oficinas cerradas
Las escuelas y oficinas del distrito estarán cerradas el lunes, 7 de septiembre, por el día festivo del trabajo.  Las escuelas reabrirán sus puertas como de costumbre y las oficinas del distrito estarán abiertas el martes, 8 de septiembre.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Bus Routes Available

Bus route information for the 2015-16 school year has been posted to our website. Here is a direct link. Have a great weekend and enjoy plenty of end-of-summer fun. Monday will be here soon...and it's going to be a great day!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tim Bennett Recognized as Certified Master Athletic Administrator

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Tim Bennett, Athletic Director at Chapel Hill High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Tim has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses and professional contributions. It was culminated with a practical written project.

Tim is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 8,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Principals for Northside Elementary and McDougle Middle

Coretta Sharpless
Bob Bales
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approved two new principals at its August 13 meeting. Coretta Sharpless was named Principal of Northside Elementary and Bob Bales was named Principal of McDougle Middle.

Sharpless has been at Northside Elementary as the Assistant Principal since the school opened in 2013. Previously, she served in the same capacity at Estes Hills Elementary, and as an administrative intern at Phillips Middle. Before becoming a school administrator, Sharpless was a lead teacher, gifted education specialist and intervention specialist, working in both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Alamance-Burlington City Schools. Sharpless received her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and her Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bales will be moving into his new role after serving as the Assistant Principal at McDougle Middle since 2012. He was also an assistant principal and interim principal at Chapel Hill High, and an administrative intern at Culbreth Middle. Prior to entering school administration, Bales worked as a middle school math teacher, department chair and basketball coach. Bales received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his Master’s degree from Penn State University.

“We are fortunate to have an amazing pool of assistant principals who work very hard to prepare for principalships,” said Arasi Adkins, Executive Director of Human Resources. “We are confident both Ms. Sharpless and Mr. Bales will provide excellent leadership for their respective schools.”

Currently, 16 of the 20 CHCCS schools are led by principals who were hired from within the school district.
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Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of School: Grades 1-12, is 8/24; PreK/Head Start is 8/31

First Day of School Scheduled for Different Grades
The First Day of School for grades 1-12 is Monday, August 24.

Kindergarten Orientation and the First Day of Kindergarten are school based.  Please contact your child’s school for details.

There are two days of staggered entry for PreK students, August 27 and 28.  The first full day for PreK is Monday, August 31.

Please remember to watch for bus riders getting on/off buses and for families walking to and from school.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

District Receives Award for Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award has been presented to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Excellence represents a significant achievement and reflects the district’s commitment to fiscal integrity and high-quality financial reporting.

The district’s Budget and Finance Department, headed by Ruby Pittman, senior executive director of budget and finance, is the group primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the work of every person on the Budget and Finance Office Team,” said Pittman.  “It takes the work and dedication of all of us bringing varying skill sets together to ensure that district funds are spent appropriately to support the goals of the district.”

“Ms. Pittman and the entire Budget and Finance Team deserve our entire community's appreciation, as they are excellent stewards of the district's financial resources,” said Todd LoFrese, assistant superintendent for support services. “These awards further recognize their effort and success in providing transparent, accountable fiscal control and reporting.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

ASBO International is a professional organization serving approximately 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.  Their office is in Reston, VA.

Senior Executive Director of Budget & Finance, Ruby Pittman

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation Announces Incoming Executive Director

Lynn Lehmann
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation (PSF) announced Lynn Lehmann as the organization’s incoming Executive Director. After an extensive regional search, the PSF Board of Directors appointed Ms. Lehmann to assume this leadership role upon the retirement of Executive Director Kim Hoke on September 30, 2015.

Ms. Lehmann holds a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. For the past 15 months, she has worked as the PSF Program Manager, where she has managed and implemented several aspects of PSF grant programming and fundraising. Additionally, Ms. Lehmann is a long-time community and school leader, chairing numerous volunteer organizations within the CHCCS system. Among other volunteer roles, she served as PTA President and School Improvement Team Chair for multiple local schools. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Project Graduation of Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Inc., and she is a Past-President of the PSF Board of Directors.

“Lynn’s extensive experience in grant-writing, marketing, event planning and fundraising make her ideal for the position,” said Laura Baxley, Foundation President. “Additionally, Lynn brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Public School Foundation.”

The Public School Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that financially and programmatically supports students and teachers of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Since its inception in 1984, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation has distributed over $5,000,000 for programs and projects that otherwise would not have received funding. The PSF receives funding from grants and private donations and helps schools with fundraising for special projects through community events such as the Annual Walk for Education, the 5K for Fitness, The Teacher’s First Breakfast and Roses, and, in partnership with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, the Teacher’s Supply Store.

For more information, please visit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation website:
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