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Saying goodbye to Brooks

Parents, faculty and students are saying goodbye to the buildings on the site of Brooks Elementary School. This summer crews will begin razing Brooks' oldest sections to make way for a new $22.4 million building, which will add needed on-site parking and space for carpool lanes.

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Bill Fletcher to run for re-election to Wake County school board

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher announced Tuesday that he’s running for re-election this fall in the new District B seat that represents much of the suburbs. Fletcher, a Republican, touts his ability to work across party lines. But Fletcher has also drawn opposition over the years from fellow Republicans.

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Cary fifth-grader headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Cary fifth-grader Rahul Sachdev will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., this week. Sachdev qualified after topping his brother at the Wake County Spelling Bee in March. Here he talks about how he prepares for the national competition.

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NC grading changes affect Wake County plan to drop valedictorians

Critics say Wake County’s new Latin honors system for honoring high school seniors sets too low a bar because 3.75 is the minimum weighted GPA needed for recognition. But state changes that reduce the value of advanced courses mean the maximum GPA students will be able to get will drop. The new system would replace the practice of naming valedictorians and salutatorians starting in 2019.

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Rush Limbaugh criticizes Wake County for dropping valedictorians

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in Friday on the Wake County school system’s plan to eliminate naming high school valedictorians by calling it an attempt to “punish achievement.” He charged it’s part of the effort by the left around the country to eliminate competition and “dumb everybody down.”

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Local teams qualify for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Eleven teams from the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind’s Eastern Region, including eight from Wake County, have qualified to compete in next week’s World Finals in Iowa. The teams qualified by showcasing their problem-solving skills at the state finals held in April.

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Wake County school board reviews $1.99 billion building program

Wake County school board members came closer Tuesday toward approving a new $2 billion school construction program after school administrators found a way to speed up work on two middle schools. A new middle school in Cary could open in 2019 and the renovation of East Wake Middle School could be done by 2020.

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Future Teacher Colleen McIndoe

Colleen McIndoe, a graduate of Green Hope High School and a rising sophomore at Appalachian State, talks about being in the Wake County school system's Future Teachers Program. McIndoe will be hired by Wake after she graduates in three years.

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Future teacher Desmond Woods

Desmond Woods, a graduate of Southeast Raleigh High School and a rising sophomore at UNC Pembroke, talks about being in the Wake County school system's Future Teachers Program. Woods will be hired by Wake after he graduates in three years.

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Wake County won’t change eight schools to year-round schedule

The Wake County school system is abandoning a proposal to convert eight traditional-calendar elementary schools to a year-round schedule for the 2017-18 school year after parents voiced opposition in a survey. Wake will look for other ways to help those high-poverty schools. But the school board voted Tuesday on converting Walnut Creek Elementary to a year-round schedule for the 2016-17 school year because parents there have supported the change.

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Wake County school board to vote on meal prices, valedictorians

The Wake County school board will vote Tuesday on raising the prices of school meals by 25 cents and discontinuing the naming of high school valedictorians and salutatorians. The board will also discuss potential changes to calendars at nine schools and development of the next building program and student assignment plan.

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Saying goodbye to Brooks

Parents, faculty and students are saying goodbye to the buildings on the site of Brooks Elementary School. This summer crews will begin razing Brooks' oldest sections to make way for a new $22.4 million building, which will add needed on-site parking and space for carpool lanes.
Chris Cioffi ccioffi@newsobserver.com
Saying goodbye to Brooks 01:12

Saying goodbye to Brooks

Women's Leadership Academy valedictorian proud of first graduating class 00:56

Women's Leadership Academy valedictorian proud of first graduating class

Salutatorian values competition of honors program 00:43

Salutatorian values competition of honors program

Valedictorian will be sad to see current honor system eliminated 00:50

Valedictorian will be sad to see current honor system eliminated