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City schools names administrator

Sherron Leplin, principal of the UNC Hospital School, has been named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ new executive director of exceptional children.

She previously served as a principal with Durham Public Schools and Orange County Schools, as an exceptional children coordinator and assistant principal with the CHCCS and a counselor, coordinator and teacher with Guilford.

Leplin has a doctorate and two master’s degrees from UNC Greensboro. She also earned a master’s degree from N.C. A&T University and a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University.

Strowd-Roses deadline Wednesday

The Strowd Roses Foundation, which funds nonprofits based in or serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro, is accepting applications for its final grants of 2013.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, with the awards to be made in late September. Apply at

In June Strowd Roses awarded a total of $82,150 to 17 local programs: Ackland Art Museum, Augustine Literacy Project, Centre for Homeownership & Economic Development Corp., Chapel Hill-Carrboro Youth Forward, Community Empowerment Fund, Duke Hospice Bereavement Services, EmPOWERment, Friends of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors’ Fix-A-Home Project, The Hill Center, Mental Health America of the Triangle, Oxford House, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, PORCH, St. Joseph C.M.E. Church’s Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial food pantry, town of Carrboro Arts Committee and Triangle Bikeworks.

Bridge repairs could begin Thursday

Work to repair, clean and paint four bridges in Hillsborough could begin as early as Thursday, with completion expected by June 30.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Seminole Equipment Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla., to work on the bridges in Orange County as well as four in Alamance County.

The contract includes preservation of:

• U.S. 70/Churton Street bridge over the Eno River

• N.C. 86 bridge over Interstate 85

• I-85 bridges over Orange Grove Road

Crews will repair any cracks in the concrete bridge support caps, then clean and paint the steel components with epoxy paint. The work is expected to extend the bridges’ lifespan by as much as 10 years.