Halifax County http://wunc.org en Halifax Schools Beef Up Truancy Procedure http://wunc.org/post/halifax-schools-beef-truancy-procedure <p>Education officials in Halifax County are stepping up efforts to hold parents accountable for student attendance. The county court system will host monthly truancy sessions starting at the end of November. Many other counties have similar programs. The move comes as dropout and truancy rates continue to rise in Halifax County's three school districts. County District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey says those districts don't always take the same steps to address truancy.<br> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7253 at http://wunc.org School Merger Talk Splits Halifax http://wunc.org/post/school-merger-talk-splits-halifax <p></p><p>Most school districts in North Carolina are county-wide. Mergers of county and city schools occurred mostly in the 1970s through the 1990s, driven by cost and desegregation orders.</p><p>But one county remained steadfast against consolidation. Halifax County in northeastern North Carolina has three separate school districts… Roanoke Rapids, Weldon City, and Halifax – for just 8,000 total students. By comparison, if Wake County was divided into a comparable number, there would be 53 different school districts. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7504 at http://wunc.org School Merger Talk Splits Halifax 235 Years of Independence http://wunc.org/post/235-years-independence <p></p><p>Halifax County is celebrating the date memorialized on North Carolina's state flag today. On April 12, 1776, the state's Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax to declare sovereignty from the British crown. Carl Burke with the Halifax State Historic Site says the move became known as the Halifax Resolves. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:30:00 +0000 WUNC News 9094 at http://wunc.org 235 Years of Independence