• Carroll County Kids
  • Winburn earns degree from Western Governors University

    Pamela Winburn of Carrollton received a master’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University.

    On July 14 the online, nonprofit university held its semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, and celebrated the graduation of more than 3,200 graduates – WGU’s largest class ever. This year, Western Governors University celebrates its 15th anniversary. Incorporated in 1997, the university has grown to a national institution with more than 33,000 students and 16,000 graduates in just 15 years.

  • New kids on the block: Carroll County Schools welcome new personnel

    Jennifer Douglas, Early Head Start Nurturer & Family Service Worker

    Katherine Jordan, Early Head Start Nurturer & Family Service Worker

    Barbie Ball, Winn Primary Instructional Assistant

    Whitney Barnes, Winn Primary 2nd Grade Teacher

    Danielle Frick, Winn Primary Kindergarten Teacher

    Monica Meadows, Winn Primary Cook/Baker  


    Colleen Carter, Cartmell Elementary Custodian

    Heather Goodale, Cartmell Elementary Special Education Teacher 

  • School lunch prices increase for 2012-13

    The Carroll County School Nutrition Department has announced changes in the lunch prices for the new school year.

    The increase was approved by the school board in connection with the federally mandated increase for paid lunches.

    At Kathryn Winn and Cartmell, the lunch price for students will be $1.80; at the middle school and high school, the lunch price will be $2 for students.

    The student breakfast price will remain the same as last year – $1.15 – at all schools.

    Extra milk is also the same as last year, 50 cents.

  • James, board review school district’s goals for 2012-13

    Meeting the state’s College and Career Readiness expectations and requirements remains the focus at Carroll County’s schools.

    Superintendent Lisa James outlined all of her goals for the district to the Board of Education during a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 2.

    “We are working hard to infuse critical thinking in the classroom,” she said. “This is a pivotal point in education; [teaching is] no longer [done] the way we were taught.”

  • Getting everybody ready for school
  • Board won’t raise tax over compensatory rate

    The Carroll County Board of Education last week agreed to seek the compensatory tax rate for fiscal year 2013 rather than take the 4 percent increase allowed by the state.

    The tax rate will be on the agenda for the next regular meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 23, when the board will formally vote on it. The board meets in the media room at Carroll County Middle School.

  • Burgess honored, Unker to retire; school system in ‘good shape’

     Superintendent Lisa James led the Carroll County Board of Education in honoring Patty Burgess at the start of the board’s regular meeting Thursday, July 26.

    Burgess is leaving after 17 years as the district’s director of food services. Lisa Gault of Carrollton recently was hired to fill the position.

    James presented Burgess with a plaque, and board members praised Burgess for the work she had done over the years.

  • Celebrating Reading

     Carroll County Public Library Summer Reading Program finished up on July 25 with a performance by juggler and ventriloquist Mike Hemmelgarn from Dayton, Oh. The Summer Reading Program is designed to help children keep up their reading level when school is not in session. 

  • 1,000 books before kindergarten


    The News-Democrat Intern

    Aiden Lilley, 5, was the first person to complete the Carroll County Public Library program called “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

    While children of ages one to five are elligible for the program, Lilley was already five before he began. This left him only from January to August to read the allotted 1,000 books.