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EDITOR’S NOTE: More details are on the Wilkes County Schools website at https://www.wilkescountyschools.org.

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The Wilkes Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to start the new school year with all students at home engaged in remote learning each day, despite objections voiced by two students and two parents that night.

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The Wilkes County Schools' Summer Meal Service is continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 14 at 13 locations around noon.

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A revised 2020-21 Wilkes County Schools calendar that reflects having K-12 students rotating between in-person learning one day and remote learning the next was released Tuesday by Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd.

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Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd recently announced that four schools will have new assistant principals for the 2020-21 school year.

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Students will be engaged in a combination of in-person and remote learning when the 2020-21 academic year starts next month, announced Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday.

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The Wilkes County Schools’ Summer Meal Service, with breakfast and lunch available to all local youths ages 1-18 regardless of income eligibility, began Monday and will continue at least through June 30.

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Two new Wilkes Board of Education members were sworn in and the two being replaced said their goodbyes at Monday night’s board meeting, held virtually on a Zoom platform due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s special high school graduation section will be included in the June 3 issue instead of the May 27 issue.

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Input on three potential high school graduation ceremony concepts is being sought from Wilkes County’s seniors as part of the planning process for marking this occasion, said Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd.

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A group of parents of Wilkes Central High School’s 12th-graders purchased banners honoring members of the senior class - one per student – and put them up along the two entrance drives to the school on Saturday.

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Graduation ceremony plans remain uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic, but seniors at some Wilkes County high schools are picking up their caps and gowns amid great fanfare.

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Dr. Donna Cotton, chief academic officer for the Wilkes County schools, reviewed guidance for spring semester grading from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) during the Wilkes school board meeting Monday night.

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Details on how Wilkes County’s 9,500 public school students have been educated since in-person instruction temporarily ended statewide on March 16 were shared during the Wilkes school board meeting Monday night.

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Technology has taken on greater prominence due to its role in remote learning while the public schools are closed, but Wilkes County teachers and principals say relationships are still the key.

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday ordered additional categories of public places closed, lowered the limit for the number of people at gatherings to 50 and extending the closing of public schools for in-person instruction through May 15 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd announced plans for the two weeks when all Wilkes public schools will be closed as a result of an executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper Saturday.

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Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd sent a recorded “school messenger” message Sunday evening sharing information with parents and other guardians about plans for the next two weeks when all K-12 schools in the state are closed as ordered by Gov. Roy Cooper.

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It took 24 rounds, but Central Wilkes Middle School’s Ruston Rapoport claimed his fifth Wilkes County Spelling Bee Championship Tuesday night at the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro.

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Wilkes Central High School is among seven high schools statewide that will benefit from an $825,000 grant from the NC Job Ready workforce development initiative, announced Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday.

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Wilkes County school board candidate Marty L. Roberts said Saturday that he will appeal a Wilkes County Board of Elections decision that made him ineligible to run for elected office in Wilkes.

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The Wilkes Board of Elections will hold a public hearing Friday on whether one of six Wilkes Board of Education candidates in 2020 is a Wilkes County resident as a result of a challenge filed with the board.

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As 2019 draws to a close, plans for meeting long-term water needs of the Town of North Wilkesboro and the rural water associations it serves are as uncertain as ever after well over a decade of investments of time and money.

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The N.C. Supreme Court heard oral arguments from attorneys Monday in State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s appeal of a decision relieving the Wilkes Board of Education from having to pay $590,694 toward the pension of Dr. Marty Hemric, who retired as Wilkes school superintendent in 2016.

Wilkes County high school and middle school student leaders were reminded of the importance of making good choices, setting goals and finding positive role models during a recent event hosted by the Wilkes County Hall of Fame Board of Governors at the Stone Family Center of Performing Arts i…

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Students in the Wilkes County Schools will face fewer tests but will still must complete graduation projects to graduate from high school.

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A new program has been started for students in the Wilkes County Schools who have difficulty being in traditional classrooms due to behavioral issues.

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The number of Wilkes County schools meeting or exceeding expected student academic growth and the number assigned an A or B both increased in the 2018-19 school year, according to an annual accountability report from the State Board of Education.

Orientation and open-house sessions held this month were designed to ease the challenging move from elementary to middle school, but the transition actually started last year.

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Teachers in the Wilkes County and other public school districts across the state are preparing to implement a controversial new reading skills assessment for students in kindergarten through third grade.

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The Wilkes County School District is starting the new school year with about 86 new teachers and other certified personnel.

Replacement of Mulberry Elementary School’s failing septic system with a connection to the North Wilkesboro sewer system has been delayed because only two companies submitted bids for the project.

The importance of connecting students in the Wilkes County schools and local employers was emphasized during Working in Wilkes, an event held Friday in the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro to help educators better address the needs of both groups.

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The five Wilkes County public high schools have 690 seniors graduating this year, about 8 percent less than last year’s 752. The class of 2018 was among the largest in Wilkes since the late 1980s.