Utility bills savings: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has saved $100,000 on it's monthly utility bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the hefty energy conservation in the 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Building.
The reduced use was a result of upgrades in equipment and behavioral changes for students and staff.
CMS Superintendent Search: The school district will hold six community meetings Dec. 5-8 in the second phase of the superintendent search. Details www.nextsuperintendent.com.
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Second Annual Charlotte Student Hunger Drive: CMS high school students collected more than 5,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.\
Garinger High School won the Most Improved Award for a 206 percent increase in pounds of food collected from 2010. East Meck won the award for developing the most creative collection event.
Olympic High, Ardrey Kell High, Providence High and East Mecklenburg High each collected more than 5,000 pounds of food.
Information technology: Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Barry Shepherd and Assistant Superintendent Katherine Propst have completed "The Leaders for the 21st Century/Certified Education Chief Technology Officers" program sponsored by the UNC School of Government and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
The program is the first of its kind nationwide and focuses on the role of information technology, emphasizing security threat protection and trends in new technology.
Holiday eCard Contest: The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and the contest is open to all middle and high school students.
The winning design will be the holiday greeting sent out from the school system.
Hickory Ridge High: The school has collected more than 60 toys and is still accepting donations.
Members of the HRHS band plan to deliver the toys Dec. 9 and watching the paratrooper jump on Dec. 10. The band was mentioned on the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command facebook page at www.facebook.com/operationtoydrop.
The student leaders on this project are: Reid Herrera, Taylor Gherardi, Dylan Antoff, Dustin Antoff, and Chris White, Band Director.
Personnel announcements: Beverly Mack principal at Jay M. Robinson High will become principal at Opportunity School at the Glenn Center.
John Basilice will join CCS on Dec. 5 as family education and community involvement coordinator. Tara Nattrass will join CCS on Jan. 9 as director of elementary education.