Bobbi Hopp

Cary Photographic Artists Founder Honored with Plaque

Cary, NC – Only two Cary artists are remembered with plaques in the artist’s circle in front of the Cary Arts Center. This Thursday, April 26, 2018, that second plaque was unveiled as Bobbi Hopp was honored for her service to the Cary arts community. Read more

West Cary Color Run Aims to Fundraise for School Technology

Cary, NC – Last year, West Cary Middle School raised more than $3,000 for technology with its first ever Color Run. Now the PTA is bringing this fundraiser back with a goal of bringing in even more participants. Read more

Green Hope High School

Green Hope Ranked as Top Fall Athletic Program Nationwide

Cary, NC – With three different state championship wins last season, among other accolades, Green Hope High School won the MaxPreps Cup for Fall Sports, beating out high schools from across the country. Read more

Wake County Board of Education

Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 April Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for April 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Joint Meetings with Commissioners Open Constructive Dialog…

…even when conversations include comments like “we only have $xxx available for the schools.” NC has an unusual school funding system. School Boards have no taxing authority. Primary operational funding responsibility rests with the State. Counties pay for construction. When the local community demands better services than the State is willing to fund, counties supplement operational funding. That is the basis for the annual negotiation between the Wake boards of education and commissioners.

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Cary Theater Creating Movie Screening for Children with Autism

Cary, NC – Going to the movie theater is a popular form of entertainment but for people with autism or other sensitivities to unfamiliar environments, it can be difficult. The Cary Theater is working on pilot programs for screenings specifically geared toward these citizens’ sensory needs. Read more

Cary High Students Earn Scholarships in Culinary Competition

Cary, NC – Students in ProStart programs across North Carolina learn about preparing food and working in the culinary industry. But five Cary students recently took that to the next level, winning third place in a statewide culinary competition and earning scholarships for themselves. Read more

Wake County Schools

Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 March Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for March 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Legislature Eases Class Size Mandate Timetable

Members of the NC Senate finally responded to thousands of parent and teacher requests to phase in the reduction of class sizes in grades K-3. They also began allocating specific funding for classes such as art, music and PE. The legislation is a little like novacain – it postpones the pain for now. This action clarifies the near term financial challenges as Wake builds its next operating budget. The need for additional classrooms remains a burden on local property tax payers. Let me say thank you who took the time to speak with your legislator. Now reach out again and say “Thanks”!

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Cary Parents Organizing for New Wake School Security

Cary, NC – In response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school in February, a group of Cary parents has begun pushing for new locking mechanisms to be added to Wake County schools with support steadily growing. Read more

Green Hope High School

Green Hope Students Call for Action at School Walkout

Cary, NC – Two weeks after a high-profile school shooting in Parkland, Florida, nearly 2,0000 students staged a walkout at Green Hope High School to call for an end to school gun violence and to demand change from elected officials. Read more

Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 February Newsletter

Cary, NC – Thoughts for February 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education. Read more