Friday, January 25, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Board of Education approves principals forMcDougle and Estes Hills elementary schools
During its Jan. 17 meeting, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approvedtwo new principals for McDougle and Estes Hillselementary schools.McDougle Elementary will welcome Patrenia McDowell, who has served as the school’s interimprincipal since September. She has been at the schoolas assistant principal since 2008.Lewis “Drew” Ware will come to Estes HillsElementary in March as he transitions from his posi-tion as principal at Aldert Root STEM Elementary in Wake County.Susan Pegg will continue as interim principal atEstes Hills Elementary until Ware arrives.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will closeearly today after inclement weather forecast
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will close itsschools and offices early today.Elementary schools will close at noon, middleschools will close at 12:45 p.m., and high schools willclose at 1:30 p.m. All after-school and evening programs and activi-ties are canceled.
A study by the UNC School of Medicine foundcommon gene variants in newborn brains
A study by the UNC School of Medicine revealedthat brain changes found in adults that lead to dis-orders — including as Alzheimer’s disease, schizo-phrenia and autism — can be seen in MRI scans of newborns.The research involved 272 newborns who receivedMRI scans at UNC Hospitals. It is the first study toreport the impact of common gene variants in new- born brain structures.
— From staff and wire reports
County OKs new community center
By Chelsey Dulaney
Orange County CommissionerEarl McKee has a saying — “Allhat and no horses.” At a Thursday night meet-ing, McKee urged the Board of Commissioners to step away from decades of empty promisesand move forward with plansto build a community center forthe Rogers Road neighborhood.The meeting could bea defining moment in the40-year discussion aboutRogers Road — the historically black and low-income neigh- borhood that has housed thecounty’s landfill since 1972.In a unanimous vote, the board opted to move forward with the community center. In a later 5-2 vote, the board extend-ed the life of the Historic RogersRoad Neighborhood Task Force by six months.The task force — made upof representatives from OrangeCounty, Chapel Hill, Carrboroand Rogers Road — was cre-ated in February 2012 whenthe commissioners set a landfillclosing date of June 2013.During a Dec. 6 Assembly of Governments meeting, somelocal officials suggested dis- banding the task force.This prompted TownCouncil member Lee Storrow, Alderman Michelle Johnsonand UNC research fellow Molly DeMarco to petition the boardto extend the task force.“There was a group of citi-zens who were concerned andsurprised by the suggestion tonot continue the task force,”Storrow said. “There is work still to be done.”In August, The Rogers-Eubank Neighborhood Association’s community center was shut down for violating fireand safety codes.Since then, local officials haveunited behind the promise of providing the neighborhood witha new, 4,000-square-foot com-munity center — though fundinghas been a point of contention.The Board of Commissionershas agreed to allocate$650,000 to fund the center. At Thursday’s night meet-ing, the commissioners vowedto take the next steps towardsopening the community center— with or without help fromChapel Hill or Carrboro.“I want to hold us to the fire,”said Commissioner BernadettePelissier. “If the towns don’t wantto participate then that’s fine — we’ll go ahead without them.”But the conversation hassplintered over a $5.8 mil-lion plan to provide water andsewer services to the neighbor-hood — a plan that has sparkedconcern about unintended con-cern like gentrification.“The day that sewer line isextended, development will fol-low,” said McKee.Newly-mintedCommissioner Mark Dorosinurged the board to move for- ward with plans for remedia-tion despite these concerns.
Commissioners votedto move forward onRogers Road.
A CONTENTIOUS HISTORY
Landfill opens in theRogers Road neighborhood.
OrangeCounty commissioners vote toclose the landfill in June 2013.
Rogers RoadCommunity Center is shutdown for violating fire andsafety codes.
Oct. 16, 2012:
OrangeCounty commissionersapprove $500,000 to fundconstruction of a newcommunity center.
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By Madeline Will
Former Gov. Bev Perdue will be heading back toschool this semester.Perdue will be a resident fellow at HarvardUniversity’s Institute of Politics this spring, joining big names in politics like Karen Hughes, formercounselor to President George W. Bush, and SteveKerrigan, CEO and co-chairman of the PresidentialInaugural Committee.Esten Perez, spokesman for the institute, said thesix fellows will arrive on campus in the next week ortwo and will stay until the end of April. There will also be visiting fellows, like former Gov. Jon Huntsmanand John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent.The resident fellows will host study groups oncea week on topics of their choosing. They receive a small stipend along with providedhousing, Perez said.“We’re really happy that thegovernor will be there, and wethink students will enjoy being inher study group,” he said. “I’m quitepositive that the governor willreceive dozens of invitations fromstudent groups to speak.”Ferrel Guillory, a UNC journalism professor and an experton Southern politics, said it iscommon for the institute to invitenewly former public officials.“It’s great for the students there because they get to meet and learnfrom people who were just in office,”he said. “It will give her an opportunity to be a part of a network of interesting journalists and policy affectors.”Jesse White, a professor at the UNC School of Government, was a fellow at the institute in thespring of 1990. He led a study group on modernSouthern politics.“They generally get people who are in transition,like Gov. Perdue,” White said, adding that hisexperience was “terrific.”“My advice for her would be to stay there as muchas possible and feast from the Harvard table,” hesaid. “You can audit classes — you’re encouraged torevitalize your mind, as well as share your experiences with the undergraduates.”Guillory said it’s premature to say this will be a launching pad for Perdue’s next political move.“I think it will give her time to think, to reflecton what she has accomplished, and what she mightaccomplish in the future,” he said.Perdue, who holds a doctorate in educationadministration, used to host dinners for university students in the area. During her term, she vetoedstate budgets that included millions in cuts to theUNC system, but the vetoes were overridden by theRepublican-led N.C. General Assembly.In an interview earlier this month, Perdue said shethought the UNC system would continue to produceleaders, which reinforces its importance to the state.“I’m hopeful there will be a continued commitmentto higher education in the future,” she said.Perdue has also said she wants to be part of aneducational foundation focusing on technology.
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Bev Perdue and five fellows will be atthe Institute of Politics this spring.
former N.C. gov-ernor, will be oneof six fellows thisspring at Harvard’sInstitute of Politics.
Get your Hands dirty
By Paige Ladisic
For three students at Phillips MiddleSchool, going through garbage is anything but trashy. As part of the Siemens We CanChange the World Challenge, thestudents conducted a classroom trashaudit in which they collected and sortedthrough everything thrown away by their classmates.“Only 22 percent of the trash was realtrash,” said Anagha Kalvade, the recyclingteam’s coach and a parent of a student atthe school. “The remaining percentage was recyclable or compostable trash.”The students realized the benefit of reducing what is thrown out in favor of composting and recycling more items,Kalvade said. And now they want to bring theirresearch to the rest of the community.“We have a list of different projects that we would really like to start here in ourChapel Hill neighborhood,” Kalvade said.In 2010-11, 54,467 tons of waste were buried in the Orange County landfill.In February 2012, Orange County Commissioners voted to close the landfillin June 2013.“Many people don’t even know that ourlandfill is closing,” Kalvade said. And, after the students learned thecounty’s waste would be transferred to a Durham County waste transfer station,they decided to do some research on how much that would cost.“They figured out how much cost we will be spending on each truck when wesend our trash away,” Kalvade said.Chapel Hill Town Councilman LeeStorrow said the closing of the county landfill will drastically increase thecounty’s waste expenses.“Anything we can do to reduce waste isobviously environmentally beneficial — butit’s also economically beneficial,” he said.He said students should be aware of these benefits.“Anything we can do to educate youngpeople about how to reduce waste and be environmentally minded is very important,” Storrow said.The students hope to present their
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Joshua Zhou, Helen Jiang and Rohan Deshpande (left to right) attend Phillips Middle School. They are part of a student group trying to combat Orange County’s solid waste issues.
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By Andrew Edwards
North Carolina swung back to the Republicans in the 2012presidential election — but thestate’s electoral future is farfrom certain.Unaffiliated voters outnum- ber registered Democrats orRepublicans in 42 of 100 N.C.counties, according to a recentreport of 2012 election results by Democracy North Carolina,a left-leaning voter advocacy organization in Durham.Unaffiliated voters in thestate have been growing, sig-nifying diminishing party alle-giance, said Bob Hall, directorof Democracy North Carolina.“We’re not so much a state that’s split betweenRepublicans and Democratsas one that’s really up for grabs because voters are not feelingstrongly affiliated with eitherparty,” Hall said.Rick Henderson, managingeditor of the right-leaning JohnLocke Foundation’s Carolina Journal, said the growing num- ber of unaffilliated voters helpsmake North Carolina a conten-tious swing state.“What we see in voter reg-istration numbers is the per-centage of unaffiliated is goingup — not as dramatic as some Western states — but we’re get-ting to a point where we may have as much as 25 percentunaffiliated,” he said. While the number of unaf-filiated voters is growing, thestate is also becoming increas-ingly polarized.Former Republican presi-dential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama evenly split the 10 N.C. coun-ties with the highest turnout,according to the report.“It’s a very divided time rightnow — politics are very divided,and there are a lot of strongfeelings and anger,” said RobSchofield, director of researchand policy development at theleft-leaning N.C. Policy Watch.“I think that is reflected some- what in who’s voting and how they’re voting.”The report identified African-American womenand white Republicans as thedemographics with the largest2012 turnout.Each group had a 74 percentturnout rate — far above the 68percent statewide average.Hall said some experts sug-gest that the increasing num- ber of African-American and young voters in North Carolina might cause the state to swingDemocratic in future elections.But he does not think this will be the case.“I don’t think the demo-graphic destiny will determinepolitical destiny,” Hall said. “Ithink there’s still a lot of fluidity and a lot of people whose politi-cal ideology is not really strong.”Henderson said NorthCarolina’s future lies in the two
NC VOTER TURNOUT
counties with more regis-tered unaffiliated voters thaneither party
counties with highest turnout— 5 went to Obama and 5 toRomney
percent statewide turnout forall demographics
A new report analyzesvoter turnout in the2012 election.
research and project proposals to ChapelHill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt soon.“I’m looking forward to meeting withthem and hearing about what they’ve beendoing,” Kleinschmidt said.He said he thinks the town would benefit from composting and cuttingdown on waste, and he thinks itis important to expand the town’ssustainability options.It’s important to let everyoneparticipate in working to make ChapelHill a better place to live, he said.“It’s how we’ve been able to create thisgreat community,” Kleinschmidt said.
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parties’ ability to appeal to voters.“The political party that canmove beyond or articulate itsideas and principles in a way that can appeal to the swing voter … is going to have a mucheasier time at elections,” he said.
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“These are political deci-sions to be made,” he said.“I don’t think deferring to bureaucracy of local govern-ment’s is a better strategy ormore likely to produce out-comes that most of us want.”
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