The following is a list of all Craven County Schools COVID-19 cases that have been reported to the media. More specific information, such as the schools affected, have not been released since the first report to protect patient privacy as required by federal law. So far this school year, 31 staff members and 25 students have tested positive for COVID-19. November: 4 staff members, 15 students Nov. 20 one staff and three students Nov. 17 two students  Nov. 10 one staff and four students Nov. 9 one staff and two students Nov. 4 one staff and one student Nov. 2 three students October: 13 staffRead More →

New Bern independent school started by author Nicholas Sparks commemorates major milestone Noted author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Catherine had a bold goal when they started The Epiphany School of Global Studies (TESGS) in 2006. They aimed to provide a globally-focused education, intentional character development, and a service-oriented curriculum, to New Bern’s K-12 students. Now, 15 years later, the school is celebrating a major milestone, having led over 1,000 students to successful scholastic, collegiate, and professional careers.  Leading each school year with a focus on community service and emphasizing global studies with travel opportunities and multi-lingual programming, TESGS has built a tradition on developingRead More →

Dr. Eleanor Patrick, principal of Oaks Road Academy, was named the 2020-21 Principal of the Year for Craven County Schools during a surprise announcement on Tuesday.  As Principal of the Year, Patrick will serve as the local adviser to the Board of Education and will represent Craven County Schools in local, regional and state events. She was one of six finalists that interviewed with a local selection committee on Nov. 2.     “Upon my arrival at Oaks Road Elementary I found staff members discouraged and doubtful,” Patrick recalled during the selection interview. Once there, she engaged staff members in the work of redesigning a schoolRead More →

The City of New Bern has completed renovations to the old garage site in preparation for its new use as a workforce development and training center.  The renovation project, located at 114 Rhem St., was finished ahead of schedule and the building is currently under lease with Craven Community College.  City and college representatives did a final walk-through today (Oct. 27, 2020) and city staff handed over the keys to the new tenant.  The old city garage will soon become Craven Community College’s Diesel Mechanic and Heavy Equipment Operator Workforce Training Center, an expansion of the Volt Center. “We are proud to once again partnerRead More →

She explains, “It’s like a respite, a bit of breathing space. For years, I used it from my toolbox of coping skills when dealing with stressful scenarios such as hurricanes or COVID. If it can work for me, it can work for you.” In the midst of making something, the creative act itself dissipates any difficulties she has been holding onto. Her intention is to motivate people to experience the same sort of reprieve from stress as they enter into their own creative zone. Greater Good Studio Gallery is on 228 Craven St. in Downtown New Bern. Bisbee can also be reached at 252-649-1712 andRead More →

Two elected boards—the Craven County Board of Commissioners and the Craven County Board of Education—will meet sometime after Sept. 17 to discuss concerns over the COVID-19 remote learning plan that is in place for Craven County Schools for the first nine weeks of the school year. The meeting was precipitated by the Board of Commissioners, which asked for the meeting when Republican members of the board questioned the necessity to keep children out of the classroom. As COVID-19 has spread in Craven County, it has become a partisan issue over whether to restrict businesses, close schools, and even wear masks. Craven County has 1,289 lab-confirmedRead More →

If you bring kids back to schools, there is a very high likelihood there will be COVID-19 activity, much like there is spread of the flu, which spreads through schools “like wildfire,” said Dr. Scott Harrelson, director of the Craven County Health Department. But you wouldn’t want to shut a whole school down, he said. Harrelson was speaking to the Craven County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday. County commissioners say they are getting inundated by people telling them they disagree with nine-week delay. Craven County Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas Mark said constituents are expressing the importance of children being in school. HeRead More →

Peletah Academic Center for Excellence (P.A.C.E.), a culturally competent trauma informed school will host a Back to School Drive Thru Celebration for the start of its Virtual 2020 Fall Semester. The event will be held at Peletah Ministries located at 1909 Trent Blvd. in New Bern. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The celebration will also mark the kick-off of Camp Noah hosted by P.A.C.E. Camp Noah is a nationally recognized preparedness and resiliency day camp offered to elementary age children in communities impacted by a disaster or crisis. Camp Noah provides a safe and caring environment where childrenRead More →

Dr. Pradeep Arumugham is a Greenville, NC, cardiologist and faculty member at East Carolina University. Used with permission. Internationally – total confirmed cases 5,270,244. Deaths 340,116 Gives a death rate of 6.45%. That is 64.5 people out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. United States – total cases 1,612,786 Deaths 96,582 Gives a death rate of 6.0%. That is 60 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. North Carolina – total cases 22,725 Death 737. Gives a death rate of 3.24%. That is 32.4 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. 589 hospitalizations. Surrounding counties. Lenoir – total casesRead More →

This afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the closure of public school facilities as instructional settings for K-12 students will be extended through May 15. While school buildings are closed for instruction, school employees will continue to expand efforts to ensure that vulnerable children and their families have access to nutritious food during this emergency. Additionally, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, many North Carolina public school buildings will serve as emergency child care sites to support those on the frontlines of COVID-19 responses, including health care workers and first responders. In the wake of the Governor’s announcement, public schools inRead More →