New Hanover County Schools

The New Hanover County School system is facing at least two lawsuits and multiple questions about an alleged failure over decades to protect children from sexual predators.  When he took the post as Interim Superintendent in February, Dr. Del Burns understood his top priority as the development of more effective protocols for complaints and misconduct. 

WHQR spoke with Dr. Burns about the changes he says are needed.

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Change is coming to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Incumbent Republicans Woody White and Patricia Kusek are not seeking re-election -- but there are nine other Republican primary candidates on the ballot, vying for three open seats. WHQR spoke to two of them.

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Wave Transit and New Hanover County Schools were the main agenda items at the Monday, February 17 County Commissioners meeting. Commissioners voted to approve $358,000 towards school safety initiatives, in light of recent allegations of child sexual abuse by teachers. Board members also authorized the appointment of Woody White to the Wave Authority Board -- but that vote wasn’t unanimous.  

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School safety is a collaborative effort. That was the biggest takeaway from a safety summit held by New Hanover County Schools this week. The event featured panel members from specialized areas, including local law enforcement, the county health department, and student support -- to emphasize the importance of county, faculty, and parent involvement in student well-being.

Area Public Schools Closing for Teacher Rally

Apr 30, 2019

New Hanover and Brunswick County Schools close tomorrow for the North Carolina Association of Educators’ Day of Action. Pender County Schools remain open – despite closing last year.  As WHQR reports, it’s the second year the two counties have closed schools while staff rally at the General Assembly. 

New Hanover County Schools

The New Hanover County Board of Education recently reviewed and declined to investigate claims made by the local group, The Southern Coalition for Equal Protections Under the Law.  Back in December, they submitted a report to the Board detailing six cases – involving racial discrimination and sexual misconduct. WHQR explores how school officials say they process public concerns.

New Hanover County Schools; Cape Fear Community College; Pender County Schools

New Hanover and Pender County Schools are partnering with Cape Fear Community College to bring a career and technical education — or CTE — high school to the region.  The nontraditional school, which could open as early as next year, removes a barrier to education: the cost.


This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on September 10, 2014.

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

New Hanover County Schools

Vandals damaged thirty-five New Hanover County school buses over the weekend. 

On Thursday, Wilmington’s Freeman Elementary and Mosley Performance Learning Center were both locked from the outside for several hours following a shooting at the nearby Creekwood housing community. The next day, a gunfire incident behind the College Road K-Mart led to the brief lock-down of Isaac Bear Early College. A lock-down means access to and from the schools is restricted, and classrooms lock their doors, turn off the lights and shut the blinds. New Hanover County Schools go into this heightened security mode whenever police activity occurs in the vicinity of a school.

UNC Center for Civil Rights

A staggeringly high number of minority students in New Hanover and Pender Counties live near high-poverty elementary schools. 

The December massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shook the nation – and caused school boards across the country to re-think elementary school security.