Durham Public Schools in North Carolina will be closed on Monday, February 12 due to absences in the transportation department, which will prevent the operation of school buses. This means that there will be no classes for students, and after-school programs will also not operate. However, sports and other after-school extracurricular activities will continue as normal. Monday will be a working day for all employees.
The decision to cancel classes came after there were no classes on Friday as well, due to an overwhelming number of staff absences. Transportation support staff are responsible for daily inspections of the buses, which are required by law before students can be transported. Families expressed their disappointment on social media about another unplanned day off from school, and some homeschooling parents even offered child care to parents in need.
The Durham Board of Education recently voted to use an additional $700,000 to compensate employees in February after financial errors in the district led to the resignation of the superintendent and chief financial officer in January. Two weeks ago, the board also decided to use nearly $5 million from its emergency fund to allow employees to keep the money they were receiving.
In addition to these developments, Durham Public Schools announced the arrival of a new interim superintendent, Catty Quiroz Moore, who will replace Dr. Pascal Mubenga after his resignation. Moore previously served as superintendent of the Wake County public school system and has more than 35 years of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, and school system administrator.
Whiteside Mountain is a popular destination located in the Nantahala National Forest between Cashiers and Highlands on Highway 64. The mountain reaches a height of 4,930 feet above sea level and is known for its cliffs that resemble sheets of ice. Geologists believe that Whiteside is one of the oldest mountains in the world, dating back between 360 and 490 million years.
To reach the summit of Whiteside Mountain, visitors will have to conquer a “moderate” two-mile loop trail which rises to about 750 feet. The high cliffs, which have many railings for added safety, provide excellent views to the east, south, and west. Along the journey to the top, visitors can also see a variety of wildflowers.
Whiteside Mountain is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty of North Carolina and enjoy breathtaking views from the summit. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area, Whiteside Mountain is a great place to experience the wonders of the Nantahala National Forest.
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