Editors note: Starting today, each Wednesday the Community News sections will highlight high school athletes with outstanding performances in fall sports. In most cases, the athletes will come from sports that don’t get a lot of recognition. However, the goal is to recognize excellence. If you want to suggest someone to be included in This Fall’s Finest column, send email to Jay Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information published today includes statistics through Aug. 21.
The 2016-2017 school year begins Monday for most public schools in the North Carolina – that includes 2,477 regular public schools, 167 charter schools and one regional school. While the number of students remains relatively flat this year, the amount of state money invested in public education continues to grow.