Moore County Schools ends contract with Panorama; get refund

Moore County Schools ends contract with Panorama; get refund

RALEIGH — Moore County Public Schools has dropped its survey platform contract with Panorama Education, a company that produces “Social and Emotional Learning” data analysis, surveys, and related materials.  Moore County School Board member David Hensley posted a graphic on his official Facebook page describing efforts he and board members Robert Levy and Philip Holmes had taken, resulting in an apparent refund of $122,280. In Spring 2021, the Moore County School Board voted 4-3 to sign and fund a three-year contract with Panorama. Hensley, Levy, and Holmes voted against it. Sometime in the months after that vote, the district’s superintendent…
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Moore County Public Schools built up meal fund balance over pandemic

Moore County Public Schools built up meal fund balance over pandemic

RALEIGH — During a recent Moore County Schools Board of Education work session, the topic of the disposition of the district’s school meals balance was raised.  Apparently, the district’s meals fund balance has built up excess funds of $2.8 million as a result of the free meals paid for by the federal government over the last two years of the pandemic.  The U.S. government pays $3.49 for qualified free and reduced lunch recipients. Moore County Schools charges around $2.50 for those who don’t qualify for those meals. That means close to $1 for each meal paid for by the federal…
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Board Members make promises for improved safety in schools

Board Members make promises for improved safety in schools

CARTHAGE – The Moore County Board of Education met Monday, June 13 for a brief meeting where they approved contracts for psychological services and insurance plans as well as made strong promises about the safety of Moore County Schools. The board approved the contract for two psychologists to provide exceptional educational psychological services for the 2022-23 school year. For both positions, the total cost will be $129,600 which will come from ESSER funds.  “The positions are for EC student psychological testing that is required by law,” said Interim Executive Officer for Academics and Student Support Services Dr. Seth Powers. The…
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School choice expo will highlight education options

School choice expo will highlight education options

RALEIGH— A free event taking place on May 7 will offer information about a wide range of K-12 education options to Moore County parents.  The Moore County School Choice Expo and Education Summit will be an open house style event being held from 1-5 p.m. at the Pinehurst Village Hall located at 395 Magnolia Road in Pinehurst. The expo’s description says it will “bring education providers and parents under one roof so that parents can learn about the variety of educational options in our county.” One of the expo’s lead organizer is Caroline Kelly, who grew up in the United Kingdom…
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North Moore senior wins Morehead scholarship

North Moore senior wins Morehead scholarship

ROBBINS —A North Moore senior has received a prestigious scholarship to attend UNC Chapel Hill. Molly Smith has been awarded the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, a four-year merit scholarship. The Morehead-Cain funds a full four-year scholarship covering tuition, books, room and board, a “Discovery Fund” for student-led projects, a spending stipend, and four fully-funded summer experiences known as the Morehead-Cain's Summer Enrichment Program. The program selects students based on the criteria of leadership, scholarship, character and physical vigor.
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Montgomery Co. teacher suspended after gun found in classroom

Montgomery Co. teacher suspended after gun found in classroom

TROY — A high school teacher was suspended without pay after a search of his classroom found a loaded gun, knives and ammunition. Jason Hensley, 47, was suspended by Montgomery County Schools. A search of Hensley's desk at Montgomery Central High School turned up a loaded .380-caliber handgun. An additional investigation of the classroom turned up concealed knives and ammunition. Hensley, who is a health-science teacher, is a part-time police officer with the town of Mount Gilead. While he may have been in violation of school system policy, there was nothing illegal about having the gun in the classroom.
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Book controversy heads to school board

Book controversy heads to school board

Alex Gino on September 15, 2016 in front of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin during their participation at the section International Children´s and Young Adult Literature of the 16th International Literature Festival Berlin. (Christoph Rieger | CC BY-SA 4.0) Board members Holmes and Levy both have objections to “George.” RALEIGH — The controversial book “George” remains on the library shelves in two of the district’s schools while a complaint filed over the book heads to the Moore County school board. The book, written by Alex Gino, has been considered controversial for its transgender storyline of a fourth-grade boy…
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Three county students named Park Scholarship finalists

Three county students named Park Scholarship finalists

RALEIGH — Three Moore County seniors have been named finalists for N.C. State's top merit scholarship. Natham Timothy Auman of Union Pines, Molly Sue Smith of North Moore and Ethan Alexander Spain of Pinecrest were named finalists for the Park Scholarship. The Park Scholarships program announced Friday that 112 finalists were named from 2,260 applicants from across the United States. Nathan Timothy Auman, son of Bryan and Stephanie Auman, is from Jackson Springs. Auman will graduate from Union Pines High School where he is the commanding officer of the Navy JROTC, editor-in-chief of the yearbook and core leader of Student2Student.…
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Vass charter school to phase out high school

Vass charter school to phase out high school

The Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School of Vass, known as STARS Charter, will phase out its high school program citing declining student numbers. The school said their enrollment numbers did not meet expectations and the high school caused a budget deficit. Executive Director Wes Graner said in a January 9 letter to parents that “if things continue as they are, which I clearly believe they will, or I would not have started this process, I have the following concern for our entire school’s future.”
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REMC awards $14,000 to teachers for ‘Bright Ideas’

REMC awards $14,000 to teachers for ‘Bright Ideas’

ASHEBORO — Randolph Electric Membership Corporation recently honored educators by awarding $14,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to twelve local educators. “Randolph EMC is committed to making our communities stronger. One way we accomplish that is by investing in education,” said Nicole Arnold, Communications and Public Affairs Manager for REMC. “For almost 30 years, Randolph Electric has provided grants to local schools. We commend these educators for continually striving to create classrooms conducive to innovation.” Bright Ideas grants, sponsored by Randolph EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, are available to teachers for hands-on projects that would not otherwise be funded.…
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