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It isn’t a new problem, but it’s a problem nonetheless.  A persistent and frustrating shortage of drivers for Burke County’s school buses leaves local transportation officials scrambling to cover up to 10 bus routes each day …

Maintaining quality K-12 public schools is one of the most important responsibilities a state holds. Unfortunately, North Carolina does not fund its public schools very well. The Education Law Center …

Western Piedmont Foundation last month recognized individuals who were named recipients of scholarships,  most of which are managed by the foundation. Over the last 11 years, the Foundation has …

Local middle and high school students put their creative minds to work as they designed and developed roller coaster prototypes during the annual MADE competition at CoMMA on Oct. 20.  The …

New Dimensions Charter School students of the week for Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.

The air in the auditorium at Patton High School was thick with anticipation Monday evening, as 20 local students filed in silently to take their places in the numbered chairs on stage. A lone …

On May 1 of this year, I was honored to be selected as one of the 29 individuals to sit on the Imagine Morganton 2040 advisory committee. IMAGINE Morganton 2040 was created with the tagline of …

A standing-room-only crowd of about 175 people packed the Burke County Board of Education meeting Monday night to address the board about removing books from school library shelves.

Social media is a major part of the lives of most teens. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 95% of teenagers said they have access to a smartphone and 97% use a social media platform, such as …

Last week I wrote about four-day school weeks vs. five-day school weeks. This week, we’ll look at the year-round school schedule vs. the more traditional, summer break schedule. With nearly 3 …

Recently, the idea of a four-day workweek/school week has been thrown around. I think there are so many issues with our schools that could be solved by cutting off a day, not to say there aren’t …

Freedom High School junior, Henry Beall, talks with Mr. Timothy Fossett, Burke County’s teacher of the year in 2009, and former Marine, about book bans, teaching...

A note from the teacher’s (er, I mean, the reporter’s) desk… As a new employee at The Paper, I am currently dealing with a learning curve as I settle into my role as education, business, and …

This will be the last column I write on college because there is so much else to write about at Freedom High School in Morganton. But I think student loans, as I have referenced before, are one of …

State test results from the 2022-23 school year presented to the State Board of Education this week show that North Carolina students continued to recover ground lost to the COVID pandemic, with …

According to the state government, 65% of North Carolina high school graduates move on to a four-year university after graduation. According to the Education Department, the average cost paid per …

When Burke County Public School students arrive for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 28, some will be met by a long-term sub instead of a regular classroom teacher. BCPS officials are still …

Burke County Public Schools students will be required to follow a new no vaping policy when school starts on Aug. 28. Vaping and vaping paraphernalia are not permitted in Burke County Public Schools …

Expectations for the coming year: I’m entering my junior year of high school. All I’ve heard so far is that junior year is the most stressful year in high school, and that comes down to one big …

Western Piedmont Community College recognized eight individuals during convocation ceremonies for their years of dedicated service to the college. 25 Years of Service Thomas A. White, Instructor, …

Students may be dreading summer’s end, but two new principals in Burke County Public Schools are eager to get the school year underway. “When the kids come in and the staff is all there, there is …

Juniors moved into their dorm rooms at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics yesterday and seniors will arrive tomorrow but the teachers at the Morganton campus have been preparing for …

After a very long summer filled with various activities, my summer is coming to an end. The long-awaited move-in day for the North Carolina School of Science and Math is on Friday the 11th. A day …

During the hot, humid days of late July, most school-age kids are enjoying the waning days of their summer break. But school campuses are filled with activity. At New Dimensions: A Public Charter …

This past week I was doing some summer cleaning and I stumbled upon my yearbook from elementary school. What feels like an eternity ago, really was only 10 years ago. Do I remember any of it? Not …

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