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What We're Reading: July 10

Happy Friday! Here are a few articles from the OP Editors that we found interesting this week:

2016 Orange County Bond Referendum - For Schools Only?

This week's Indy Week features this article, documenting how affordable housing, parks, and senior services have so far been left out of the proposed 2016 Orange County bond referendum. 

When Orange County commissioners approved plans this year for a $125 million school bond vote in 2016, it passed with little public input, scant public outreach and one absent county commissioner. Now some county residents are calling for commissioners to reconsider their priorities, particularly their decision to exclude public-housing funding from the deal.

At this point, the Orange County Board of Commissioners, in a 4 to 2 votes, voted to only include funds for schools that will go before the voters in 2016.

Information session for CHCCS School Board potential candidates

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will hold an information session for anyone interested in running for the Board of Education on Wednesday, June 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. The session will take place at Lincoln Center, the district’s Central Office, located at 750 S. Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill.

Four seats will be up for election in November. Potential candidates will meet with district administrators and current Board members to learn about the expectations and responsibilities of serving, as well as some of the large upcoming projects that will require considerable Board attention in the coming years.

The filing period begins Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to contact Jeff Nash, Executive Director of Community Relations, at [email protected] or by phone at 919-967-8211 (ext. 28227).

Date: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Lincoln Center, 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd, Chapel Hill

The Mouse that roared.

Tonight at 7:30 at Carrboro High School is the final performance of The Mouse that Roared. It's about the nation of Grand Fenwick that invaded the US and won by capturing the Q-bomb. Originally a cold war book it reminds me of current events of the last 60 years. A theme in the book was the formation of the Tiny Twenty to ban weapons of mass destruction. Lichtenstein, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Mexico, Iceland, Ecuador, Grand Fenwick and others form an alliance and with the threat of the Q-bomb won world peace.  There was even an environmental component: bird watching and preserving the local forest. Hope Chapel Hill and Orange County pass new bonds for Parks and Open Space.

A Noteworthy Agenda Item

On tonight’s consent agenda at the Orange County Board of Education is a resolution in support of immigrant children in our community. The resolution is similar to those already adopted by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, Orange County Board of Commissioners, and Chapel Hill Town Council.

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