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CMS: The board of education approved two elementary school principals: Paula Jane Rao, Greenway Park Elementary; and Charles J. Fortuna II, Elon Park Elementary.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools saved $100,000 on its monthly utility bills. The 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.

The school district will hold six community meetings Dec. 5-8 in the second phase of the superintendent search. Details

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.

South Mecklenburg High: The school will host two World Language Magnet Open Houses 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Dec. 8. Languages of study include French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Details:

Ridge Road Middle: The business technologies class recently interacted with an international media artist during his Skype broadcast from Japan. Malcolm Adams, a founding journalist of CNN Japan, discussed the free press, democracy and how technology had an impact on the reporting of the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan.

Irwin Avenue Academic Center: The students participated in a Turkey Trot relay race to benefit families in need. Each winning class received a turkey to donate to a nonprofit.

Ranson IB Middle: Students learned about the importance of volunteering from a Ranson Spanish teacher Samuel Pierce. After a lesson on social injustice, the students established a Student Government Association. After cleaning trash from the campus, the students volunteered at a local nonprofit, Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. The students' next goal is to work in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic this summer. They are planning fundraising projects to defray the $1,300-per-student cost of the trip.