Five questions for departing community college leader

Scott Ralls became president of the N.C. Community College System in 2008 at the dawn of the recession. He would preside over a period of intense growth during a severe state budget crisis. But while absorbing thousands of unemployed workers who sought training, credentials and hope, the state’s 58 community colleges also began to reinvent themselves.

Football’s high toll on high schoolers

East Chapel Hill has never been a football school, but first-year coach Mike Holderman, like his players, probably felt some measure of success was in reach when he arrived there last summer. He promised as much, telling The Chapel Hill News he was in this for the long haul. Holderman arrived on the coattails of a three-win season – a promising one by East Chapel Hill’s standards. But after Holderman’s 2014 team went 0-11, it was announced in June that Holderman, like his predecessor, would be leaving after just one year.

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In Depth

Watching, with worry, in Wake

More county schools have large percentages of poor black and Hispanic students

Charters and vouchers don’t address issue, some say

School board vows support for high-poverty schools

Former Wake Forest High standout and Stanford freshman Bryce Love rips a 65-yard touchdown run showing off his moves and speed in a August 22 scrimmage. Video courtesy of Stanford Athletics