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Here's a photo of the anonymous threat on Wednesday against Smithfield-Selma High School.

School threats were hoaxes, Sheriff’s Office says

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

Four Johnston County schools had scares on Wednesday after social media threats of violence. Among o...

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Johnston school board keeps mask mandate in place

By Taylor Heeden
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — By yet another 4-3 vote, the Johnston County Board of Education on Monday kept in place...

Kristy Stephenson, head of testing, tells schools leaders not to place too much emphasis on this year's test results.

Most students fail state tests

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — This past school year, just 42.7% of Johnston students passed their state-required test...

Dale Lands tells school leaders that unless they adopt a standalone policy against Critical Race Theory, they will find scant support for the next school bond issue.

School board takes further steps on Critical Race Theory

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education has put some meat on the bones of a policy tweak...

Here's a rendering of the proposed Johnston Preparatory High School near Clayton.

Clayton clears way for charter high school

By Taylor Heeden
| September 17, 2021

CLAYTON — A proposed charter high school has cleared its latest hurdle. On Sept. 7, the Clayton Town...

Opponents of a mask mandate in Johnston schools march to the Board of Education building on Sept. 14.

Johnstonians protest mask mandate

By Taylor Heeden
| September 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A congressman from Western North Carolina joined Johnston residents on Sept. 14 to prot...

Johnston's public school enrollment is up substantially this year over last, but it's also roughly where it was two years ago.

School enrollment approaches 37,600

September 8, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s public schools welcomed 37,593 students on Friday, the 10th day of cl...

COVID-19 quarantines forced Corinth Holders High School to cancel two football games.

Student, staff quarantines top 1,400

September 7, 2021

COVID-19 quarantines among Johnston County public school students reached 1,347 on Friday, the last ...

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Virtual Academy principal steps down

September 3, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The principal of the Johnston County Public Schools’ new Virtual Academy has resigned n...

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Johnston school quarantines top 1,000

By Scott Bolejack
| September 1, 2021

SMITHFIELD — For every Johnston student at home with COVID-19, roughly four more are in quarantine b...

Students wait to enter their classroom at Smithfield Middle School on Monday.

Day 1 enrollment falls slightly

August 24, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s public schools enrolled 34,540 students on Monday, down 130 from a ye...

Aurora Preston stands outside her classroom.

Johnston teacher refuses to wear mask

By Scott Bolejack
| August 24, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A South Johnston High School teacher faces nine weeks of unpaid leave for refusing to w...

Teacher April Lee says Johnston schools have to meet the needs of all students, not just one white ones.

Teachers weigh in on teaching about race

August 27, 2021

SMITHFIELD —Two classroom teachers joined the parade of public speakers at last week’s County Commis...

Rising sixth-graders at Smithfield Middle School attend a recent mini-camp. The masks they're wearing will be mandatory when the school year begins on Monday.

Johnston students, staff will face these COVID-19 rules

August 20, 2021

As Johnston County prepares to open its schools for the 2021-22 year, here is the state’s quarantine...

By a show of hands, the Johnston County Board of Education votes 4-3 to require all students, teachers and staff to wear masks.

One vote changed everything on masks in Johnston schools

By Scott Bolejack
| August 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In North Carolina, an unmasked student who contracts COVID-19 can force close-contact c...

Corinth Holders High is among Johnston schools welcoming new teachers this year.

Johnston schools welcome new teachers

August 17, 2021

Johnston County’s public schools have welcomed scores of new teachers and other educators in advance...

Johnston school board reverses course, makes masks mandatory

From staff reports
| August 11, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Reversing course from just two weeks ago, the Johnston County Board of Education on Tue...

JCC reinstates mask mandate

August 5, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College will again require face masks indoors, effective immediately...

This rendering shows the campus layout for American Leadership Academy-Johnston.

Charter school request on Smithfield agenda

August 3, 2021

The Smithfield Town Council on Tuesday was scheduled to hear a request to build a K-12 charter school west of town.

Here's a rendering of the proposed Johnston Preparatory High School near Clayton.

Charter high school in the works in Clayton

By Taylor Heeden
| August 4, 2021

CLAYTON — A proposed charter high school east of town has cleared an early hurdle. The Clayton Plann...


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