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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.
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.
The Wilkes County Schools’ Summer Meal Service, with breakfast and lunch available to all local youths ages 1-18 regardless of income eligibility, is continuing July 1-31.
Students could attend in-person classes for portions of days or alternating days when North Carolina’s public schools reopen this fall if there isn’t a substantial reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases statewide.
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.
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.
Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd announced Thursday that all five Wilkes high schools will delay formal observances of graduation until later in the summer with a goal of having more traditional-type ceremonies then.
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.
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.
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.
The Wilkes Journal-Patriot and Wilkes County Schools are working together to honor the high school class of 2020 in a year that has been like no other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new “Teacher of the Year” for the Wilkes County Schools’ “creates a classroom environment that is like stepping into the sunshine on a warm spring day.”
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.
Teacher attrition in the Wilkes County Schools in 2018-19 differed little from the prior three years, according to a new report from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
A new system for assessing and documenting school safety threats, as well as identifying students in distress so they can be helped, is being implemented in the Wilkes County School District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilkes County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students on Friday, Dec. 13. "This delay will allow us time to better assess road conditions," the school system announced Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
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…
The 13th Annual Wilkes County High School Band Exposition is Saturday at the West Wilkes High School football stadium at 6598 Boone Trail, off N.C. 16, in Millers Creek.
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.
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.
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.
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.