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Report card: Updated district-wide data for Cabarrus County Schools is on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's website at A snapshot of performance data will be sent home with students' Nov. 7 report cards.

The data indicate area schools continue to make progress against state and federal standards. Nearly 86 percent of CCS schools met academic growth standards, while 30 of the district's schools met Expected Growth and 15 met High Growth standards for the 2010-11 school year.

Three schools in the district were designated Honor Schools of Excellence: Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School; Cox Mill High School; and Hickory Ridge High School, which achieved the designation for the third consecutive year. Thirteen schools were designated Schools of Distinction; and 14 received Schools of Progress designations.

Unemployment down: Unemployment in Cabarrus and Rowan counties dropped in September, along with 90 other counties statewide. The state Employment Security Commission reported Oct. 28 that Cabarrus had an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, down from 10.4 percent in August. The unemployment rate in the Charlotte metro area was at 10.7 percent in September, a decrease from summer.


Fall leaf pickup: Loose leaf collection will go through Feb. 3. Schedules have been distributed and are also available at Loose leaves will be collected every three or four weeks. Bagged leaves will be collected weekly with garbage.