Category: Craven County Schools

October 12th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

The following schools are currently on normal hours for students, Friday Oct.12.

◦ Ben D. Quinn Elementary

◦ Bridgeton Elementary School

◦ Craven Early College

◦ Creekside Elementary School

◦ Early College EAST

◦ Grover C. Fields Middle School

◦ New Bern High School

◦ Oaks Road Academy

◦ West Craven High School

◦ Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary

If you are interested in reviewing the Air Quality Reports for the Cleared schools from the External Industrial Hygienist Click HERE. An Information Session for Parents will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Board of Education.

Craven County parents, whose families have been displaced due to Hurricane Florence can visit the HERE and provide information so that the school district can reach out to help.

Posted in Craven County, Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

October 10th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Due to the projected forecast of Hurricane Michael, Craven County Schools will be closed Thursday, Oct. 11 for students and staff of the eight schools that reopened this week, along with Early College Campuses. Officials will monitor the situation before deciding whether school should be closed Friday, as well.

Students and staff of the 15 other school sites that had not yet reopened due to continuing issues from Hurricane Florence will remain closed..

Schools affected by the Thursday closure are Oaks Road Academy, Creekside Elementary, Ben D. Quinn Elementary, Bridgeton Elementary, Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, Grover C. Fields Middle, New Bern High, and West Craven High.

Custodians and maintenance staff are asked to report as normal unless contacted by their immediate supervisor.

Central Office Staff should plan to report if safely able to do so.

District officials will continue to monitor the storm during the next 24 hours and share any updated information regarding Friday as soon as possible.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, Hurricane, New Bern

October 9th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Gov. Roy Cooper directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund on Tuesday to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence.

“Students need to get back to learning and educators need to get back to teaching, but many school districts can’t afford the repairs schools need,” Cooper said. “The lives of thousands of students, teachers and families are on hold and they need our help to recover.”

While many schools have reopened since Hurricane Florence struck last month, seven North Carolina school systems remain closed, keeping more than 130 schools out of operation and nearly 90,000 students out of class.

Just four of Craven County’s 23 public schools were open for class on Monday. Three schools in Jones County will have to be entirely rebuilt.

Several affected school districts have depleted most of their contingency funds and need immediate financial assistance to repair roofs, flooring and electrical wiring, eradicate mold and mildew and replace furniture to get schools reopened.

The emergency funds will be administered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Priority will be given to district and charter schools in Brunswick, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties that have immediate repair needs and are not currently in operation.

Some of the repairs should be reimbursable by federal disaster recovery funds. Transferring the money now gives schools quicker help and allows them to retain contractors to speed repairs.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, FEMA, Hurricane, New Bern, Politics, State news, State politics

October 9th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County Schools will provide two information sessions for parents and community stakeholders to provide details regarding the process and scope of work needed at facilities so students and staff are able to return to the safest environment possible.

Robert Herrick P.E. CIH, external industrial hygienist, will be on site to help answer questions about the procedures being completed at each school site as well as the desired outcomes.

The first session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at p.m. The second session will be on Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. Both sessions will be held at The Board of Education located at 3600 Trent Road, New Bern.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

October 4th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Pictured are left to right, Ervin Patrick, PIE past president; Millie McLaney Chalk with Duke Energy; Darlene Brown PIE executive director; and Don Brinkley, PIE president.

Craven County Partners In Education won a grant from Duke Energy for $4,500 for the STREAM Lab at Bridgeton Elementary.

The grant demonstrates  Duke Energy Foundation’s continued support of education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. This grant will take Bridgeton Elementary’s STEM Lab to a STREAM Lab (including reading and art) and expand it to include grades K-2.

The mission of Craven County Partners In Education is to support and advance educational experiences within Craven County Schools through collaborative community involvement.  If you would like to learn how your organization can make a difference through Craven County Schools’ local education foundation, PIE, contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, at 252-514-6321.

Posted in Business, Craven County Schools, Economy, Economy and Employment, New Bern

October 4th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

In an emergency called meeting of the Craven County Board of Education on Thursday, an appropriation of $3.5 million was approved for damage repairs, school climate stabilization, and restoration and remediation services for our schools.

Superintendent Meghan Doyle said that this expenditure will not cover the full damages of Hurricane Florence to Craven County Schools.

“We continue to make progress and are happy to say that we are beginning the transition back to school,” the district said in a news release.

Craven County Schools has completed the process of testing air quality samples at all 23 of its school sites by an external industrial hygienist. Based on the results, six school sites are cleared for students and staff to safely return to campus on Monday, Oct. 8. The schools are:

    Ben D. Quinn Elementary
    Bridgeton Elementary
    Grover C. Fields Middle
    New Bern High (except Vocational Area)
    Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary
    West Craven High

Based on the air quality reports, nine schools have been partially cleared and once these buildings are restored and cleaned thoroughly they will be re-tested again. They are:

  • AH Bangert Elementary
  • Brinson Memorial Elementary
  • Creekside Elementary
  • Havelock Middle (ECE Wing has been cleared)
  • HJ MacDonald Middle
  • JT Barber Elementary
  • Oaks Road Academy
  • Trent Park Elementary
  • W.J. Gurganus Elementary

Once the air quality samples are reviewed and safely cleared, these campuses will be released for school to start back. Crews will be working throughout the weekend to remediate the impacted areas be prepared for future announcements for these sites

Eight other school sites have not been cleared and will need remediation by external companies contracted to complete the work in an effective and efficient manner. Funds for this work will come from the Board of Education fund balance appropriation made at Thursday’s meeting. The schools requiring greater detail to be cleared to safely return back to school are:

  • Arthur W. Edwards Elementary
  • Graham A. Barden Elementary
  • Havelock Elementary
  • Havelock High
  • James W. Smith Elementary
  • Roger Bell New Tech Academy
  • Tucker Creek Middle
  • West Craven Middle

“We appreciate the patience and understanding our school families and the community as we anxiously work to get our facilities at a safe level for all to return,” the district said in the news release.

“Craven County has never experienced a storm of this magnitude and while the structural damage to our facilities does not appear to be great on the outside, the length of power outages at each site combined with moisture and humidity is a direct correlation to the air quality on the inside.”

The tentative goal date for all facilities to be operational is Monday, Oct. 15.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, Hurricane, New Bern

September 28th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County Schools are tentatively planning to return students to school on Monday, Oct. 8. These dates are subject to change.

Information about athletics and support for students will be forthcoming in the next couple of days. Staff and students are not allowed in school buildings until they have been cleared.

Over 80 members of Craven Count Schools staff have been personally affected with losses of home and personal property.

Students throughout the county have been also severely impacted in multiple communities.

Initial damage assessments of Craven County Schools revealed roof damage to several schools resulting in leaks and breaches of water and water intrusion into several schools resulting in isolated flooding.

Also serious and challenging was the loss of power to schools across the district resulting in the lack of climate control and the addition of moisture to buildings.

After initial assessments, the scope of damage to Craven County Schools’ buildings is greater than was originally thought after Hurricane Florence.

Additional assessments of air quality are being conducted this evening, and through the weekend with results coming in the first of the week of Oct. 1.

Repairs that staff can complete have been addressed continuously over the last week. The most significant structural damages have been addressed. They are sanitizing and removing damaged materials and stabilizing HVAC systems. However, their first priority is to ensure that the buildings we will return staff and students to are safe.

“We are keenly aware that the days of closure are challenging and frustrating. And we want our students to return as soon as possible. We want nothing more than to bring our schools back to normalcy for our community and most importantly for our students and staff,” the school district announced.

“As a result, we are working to begin the transition back to school. It is important to note that our plan remains tentative and dependent upon our continued assessment of each building. We recognize, however, that our families need information as quickly as possible to make necessary arrangements.”

EARLY COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES

For Early College students at Craven Early College and Early College EAST, students will attend any scheduled Craven Community College classes on Monday, Oct. 1. Students will return to high school classes on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Staff at Craven Early College and Early College EAST will return to work on Monday, Oct. 1. All dates are tentative and subject to change. For traditional high school students who are taking Career and College Promise (CCP) courses taught on the campus of Craven Community College, they should plan to attend. For Career and College Promise (CCP) courses taught on the campuses of traditional high schools, these sections will not resume until the High Schools open. If there is an issue with transportation for CCP classes please make contact with your school’s principal by calling the main number. Leave a message and someone will get back with you

TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS

For all non-early college schools: school nutrition staff, clerical staff, guidance staff, non-instructional support staff, and assistant principals should return to work on Monday, Oct. 1. Custodial, transportation some school nutrition staff should have already returned to work. These specific staff groups will be receiving separate information from their principal or division head about where to report on Monday later this weekend.

For traditional schools and restart schools, 10-month instructional staff will return to school on Oct. 4 and 5. These dates are tentative and dependent upon assessments of each building.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 27th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the old Eckerd/Rite Aid store located at 710 DeGraffenreid Ave. in New Bern. The DRC serves as a one-stop location for citizens affected by Hurricane Florence to apply for disaster assistance and other benefits available to them through support agencies. Valuable state, local and federal resources will be provided at the DRC which will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 27, until FEMA determines the community needs have been met.

Steps available:

  1. Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  2. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 1-800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585
  3. Download FEMA’s mobile app
  4. 4. Visit the Disaster Recovery Center

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if you have registered with another disaster-relief organization such as the American Red Cross, or local community or church organization.

For more information Craven County’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, visit the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync. Visit the Craven County website to register to receive emergency notifications via text, email and phone calls through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System.

Posted in Craven County, Craven County Schools, Economy, Economy and Employment, Housing, Hurricane, New Bern

September 27th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Hurricane Florence ripped through portions of Eastern North Carolina, dumping historic rainfall on Craven County. Thousands of homes were flooded.

As families rebuild, many will likely be unable to afford to replace school supplies lost due to the flooding.

“You feel kind of helpless. Because you think about your students, who are your family, and you’re like ‘What can I do to help?’” said Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year, Katy Chadwick.

Chadwick was born and raised in Craven County. She attended UNC Wilmington and began her teaching career in Craven County. She said, “People like Antoinette Boskey, an active community member, have been reaching out to me about how they can help, so Darlene Brown, executive director of PIE, and I put our heads together and said we need to do this for our students.”

Brown said, “We just held our Stuff the Bus event, so I guess we are re-stuffing our buses. So many of our students are homeless, and the best thing we can do for them is to get them back into a routine of attending school with the supplies they will need. PIE is pleased to support our teachers and our students.”

School supplies can be dropped off between 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the ABC Central Office, 3493 Martin Drive, New Bern, NC (loading dock available) or at Craven County Sheriff’s Office, 1100 Clarks Road, New Bern (contact Investigative Sgt. Mike Sawyer, msawyer@cravencountync.gov or 252-636-6643 for drop off information).

You can also donate money on line at www.CravenPartners.com. If you would like your supplies to be dedicated to a certain school, please indicate that in the comments section when you donate online. A school supply list can be found on the PIE website. Some suggested items are:

  • Backpacks
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • 4GB (or larger) flash drives
  • Pocket folders with brads (any color)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Blank copier paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • Graph paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • Notebook paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pencil bags
  • Blue, black, and red ink pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue bottles
  • Highlighters (any color)
  • Colored pencils (12-pack)
  • Colored markers (not permanent)
  • Rulers (30cm, wooden)
  • Index cards (3 inches by 5 inches, 100 count, lined)
  • Three-ring binders
  • Post-it notes
  • Pkgs. of dividers
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored construction paper
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Darlene.Brown@CravenK12.org. Visit the PIE website at www.CravenPartners.com to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is the local educational foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

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Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, Hurricane, New Bern

September 26th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown New Bern?

Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, 235 Craven St.  Breakfast will be served Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7-10 a.m. to benefit Partners In Education, the local education foundation for Craven County Schools. Morgan’s will be festively decorated for the holiday season and is the perfect setting to start your day with pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, and water.  All this for just $7 per adult, and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are not required as this is a pay at the door event.  Debit, credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted.  In order to expedite seating, please have checks or cash ready.

  • Where & Who:  Morgan’s, 235 Craven St., Downtown New Bern
  • What:  Pancakes for PIE – Delicious pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, orange juice, coffee & water breakfast for $7/adult, $5/children 12 and under
  • When:  Saturday, December 15, 7-10 a.m.
  • Why:  To benefit Partners In Education, the local education foundation for Craven County Schools

Don Brinkley, PIE Board Presiden, said, “This event is open to the public and is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s is generously donating all proceeds from the breakfast to PIE, who will use the funds to support our local schools through PIE grant programs.  Serving our pancakes will be Morgan’s staff along with PIE volunteers consisting of teachers, school staff members, and community supporters.”

Brandy Popp, Chair of the PIE Fund Raising Committee, said, “It is so very giving of Adam and Candice Simmons and their employees to provide the staffing, food, and venue for this event. We all know Morgan’s dishes up excellent food and our volunteers are always up for serving some ‘PIE’!  We are absolutely thrilled Morgan’s is hosting Pancakes for PIE and we encourage everyone to bring the whole family and spend the day in beautiful downtown New Bern!  We have sent a special invitation to Santa and we are hoping he will be on hand to share holiday cheer.”

To learn more about other events taking place in downtown New Bern this holiday season, go to the www.VisitNewBern.com and www.BearyMerryChristmas.com websites and plan your family Christmas activities!

Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Local Education Foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

Since 1989, PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community by providing our educators with financial resources that enhance and reward innovative approaches to educational excellence.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education

September 20th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County Schools will remain closed to all students and staff through Friday, Sept. 28.

Craven County continues to be under a state of emergency. Craven County Schools executive staff members, facilities and maintenance staff, and school leaders have completed the damage assessments of schools.

Current assessments include lack of power at several school sites, roof and tree damage in multiple locations, and a few schools that experienced flooding.

Four school sites continue to operate as shelters for evacuees displaced due to Hurricane Florence.

School leaders are in the process of calling to verify the location of students who have had to relocate due to damage.

Unfortunately, many school staff members, like many of students and community members, have experienced substantial flooding in their homes impacting much of their personal property.

Western Craven County continues to be threatened by rising flood waters from the Neuse and Trent rivers.

“With the uncertainty of the water rising, we continue to ask all of our families and the entire community to be cautious,” the school announced in a news release.

“We continue to be mindful of the significant losses many in our community have suffered from Hurricane Florence. We ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We are encouraged by the giving hearts of our community and all who have already come out to support one another and take care of our neighbors. We are blessed with a number of organizations and school systems that have reached out to assist from across the state and the country. If you are need of assistance, please contact your school or administration via email or through social media to help coordinate the resources that are available.”

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane

September 19th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Families displaced and living in a temporary location due to Hurricane Florence are being notified that when school resumes, their children have the right to attend the school they attended prior to the storm, or enroll in the local school based on where they are currently living.

Transportation will be provided if needed.

In the next few days, school personnel will begin contacting families to determine if they have had to relocate. This information will be used to develop a plan to provide transportation to school even if the child is currently staying outside of his or her home school district.

See the district website to learn more about the McKinney Vento Homeless Act, which provides rights to those who qualify as homeless due to economic hardship and natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence.

For parents who have additional questions, staff from their child’s school will be contacting them.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane

September 17th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Since Saturday, Craven County Schools executive staff members, facilities and maintenance staff, and school leaders have been engaged in damage assessments of schools. Current assessments include flooding in several facilities and water entry in several others. In addition, there is roof and tree damage in multiple locations.  Power continues to be out in a majority of our schools as well.

Craven County continues to be under a mandatory evacuation order. A large number of the employees of Craven County Schools took the order to evacuate seriously and have left the state. Unfortunately, many staff members, like many of students and community members, have experienced substantial flooding in their homes affecting much of their personal property. As a result, Craven County Schools will remain closed to 10-month staff through Friday, Sept. 21.

Until the evacuation order is lifted, Craven County Schools strongly recommends that staff members or students who evacuated the area do not return until it is safe to do so. The western county continues to be threatened by rising flood waters from the Neuse and Trent rivers.  A timeline for reopening schools will be made in the coming days as officials finalize damage assessments at each site by maintenance staff, school leaders and emergency management.

“We continue to be mindful of the significant losses many in our community have suffered from Hurricane Florence,” the school district said in a news release. “We ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We are encouraged by the giving hearts of our community and all who have already come out to support one another and take care of our neighbors. I am proud of my school leaders and staff members who have been in our community helping families empty homes, working with Samaritan’s Purse, and multiple other organizations to take care of each other. We strongly encourage all who have the means to get involved and assist in any way possible.”

“Craven County Schools is sincerely thankful for all of the organizations and school systems that have reached out to us from across the state and the country. Mrs. Jennifer Wagner, director of Public Relations and Communications (Jennifer.Wagner@cravenk12.org), is coordinating responses to families and staff as well as communication from these organizations.  Specifically, we are partnering with RCS to collect donations of nonperishables, clothing, and personal hygiene products.  The drop off location is at The Omega Center at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern.

“Craven County Schools would like to thank the work of our first responders, City officials, and County government. Many of our students and staff were rescued by brave men and women conducting swift water rescue in every corner of this county. Our residents have been cared for by our Craven County Department of Social Services social workers and Health Department nurses and have been housed by our schools with school nutrition staff and custodians making sure that our folks were safe, fed, and cared for. We are eternally grateful for the work they have done in the last five days and cannot measure what this has meant to each person they have touched. They are the best of us and represent what is truly great about our community.”

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 15th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County continues to be under a mandatory evacuation order by Craven County government.

Until this order is lifted, Craven County Schools strongly recommends that staff members and school families who evacuated the area do not return until the evacuation order is lifted.

A timeline for reopening schools will be made in the coming days as officials gather information from site assessments by maintenance staff, school leaders and emergency management.

Meanwhile, Craven County Schools will remain closed for students from Monday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 21.

Schools will be closed for all staff, with the exception of essential staff that are still in the county and can safely report, and those needed for damage assessment and recovery, shelter maintenance, and essential operations on Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18.

If staff members have questions about whether they should report, they should contact their supervisor.

“We want to emphasize that if you evacuated, we encourage you not to return to the county until the order is lifted,” Tgey said.

For more information on the evacuation, curfew, and information from the county please visit: https://www.cravencountync.gov/

“As we make this announcement, we are mindful that many of our staff members and students have suffered significant losses in recent days because of this storm.

“Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. For those who have escaped this type of loss, you are encouraged to reach out to your fellow colleagues and/or students to offer help or support.

“Craven County Schools will work to maintain a page on our website that provides opportunities to volunteer or donate. As we get this information, we will send out a press release and update our social media pages. Thank you for your patience during this time as we work to support our community during the recovery process.”

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 10th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Based on the projections of Hurricane Florence, Craven County Schools will operate tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 11 on a 3-hour early dismissal schedule. The dismissal times for students are as follows: Traditional and Early College High Schools-11:30 a.m.; Elementary schools-Noon; and Middle Schools -12:30 p.m.

Staff will also be operating on a half day schedule and will be able to leave once all students are dismissed and afternoon duties are completed.

All Schools will be closed for students and staff effective Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 14. Essential Personnel should report to work on Wednesday only if safely able. Additional messages for essential personnel for the remainder of the week will be distributed through our district media and information sources.

Posted in Craven County Schools, New Bern

September 10th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

With the anticipation of the impacts from Hurricane Florence, all after school activities which include middle school and high school athletics, PTO/PTA, any after school faculty meetings are cancelled for the remainder of the week beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

This will allow time for all of school staff members and families to make necessary storm preparations to remain safe.

A decision regarding school closures for the remainder of the week will be made by Monday evening and communicated to families, staff, and the media.

Posted in Craven County Schools

August 30th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

The city will fund six school resource officers, some costs of which will be covered by a state grant, although aldermen and the mayor grumbled that the county ought to be putting up some of the money to fund the positions.

The resource officers are posted at New Bern High School, H.J. McDonald Middle School, and Grover C. Fields Middle School. New this year will be resource officers posted at Oaks Road Elementary School and J.T. Barbour Elementary School.

No one argues against posting school resource officers at the schools. The sticking point is that three of the schools — New Bern High and the two middle schools — have students who don’t live inside city limits. Some aldermen think the county should chip in to cover its share of the enrollment.

The resource officers cost about $81,000 per year for salary, benefits, and equipment. They are available for regular police duties during two summer months when school is out of session, said New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers.

State grant money covers $39,000 per resource officer for the high school and middle schools, with the city paying the balance.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said the county, the school district, and cities in Craven County need to get together to find an equitable way to cover the cost of school resource officers.

Meanwhile, he said, he’ll “old my nose and vote for this.”

“In today’s society, you can’t not have a resource officers in these schools,” Outlaw said.

Alderman Sabrina Bengel said she feels bullied into a decision. “I don’t like the political nature of this,” she said.

Alderwoman Jameesha Harris said “This is a tax burden I would like to have in order to have my children be safe.”

Chief Summers said the benefits of the city providing resource officers to the schools outweighs the costs. The officers spend the school year getting to know teenagers in the community, and during the summertime, a “very busy time” for the Police Department, the officers are available for patrol duty and to hold youth summer camps.

In addition, should an incident occur on campus, resource officers there could facilitate the arrival of other law enforcement as they arrive.

At present, the New Bern Police Department has 86 personnel, plus two trainees and one vacancy. He said on average NBPD has a 10 percent turnover rate.

To the question of whether to fund resource officers for New Bern High School and the two middle schools, aldermen voted 6-1, with Alderman Barbara Best voting against it. To the question of whether to add one resource officer each to J.T. Barbour and Oaks Road elementary schools, the vote was 5-2, with Best and Bengal voting against it.

In a memo to aldermen, Chief Summers provided information supporting the addition of resource officers to the two elementary schools. Three other elementary schools inside city limits would not have resource officers.

Craven County has budgeted $99,000 for these two positions, leaving the city of New Bern with $10,000 in costs.

“(The two) elementary schools have been identified as having students with limited positive interaction with police officers. Assigning School Resource Officers would facilitate a safe learning environment, encourage positive relationships with law enforcement and reduce the number of violent acts within our schools. If approved, the newly inducted School Resource Officers would promote anti-bullying initiatives, lead drug and crime prevention programs, provide a safe and secure campus for both the students and the teaching staff during regular school hours and at after-school activities.”

Posted in Aldermen, Board of Aldermen, Craven County Board of Commissioners, Craven County Schools, Mayor

July 24th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the first day of school with the items required to put them on the road to success; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.

To assist those students, Partners In Education (PIE), in partnership with Craven County Schools, will have bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three Walmart stores in Craven County on August 25, 2018, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (New Bern – 3105 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd. and 2915 Neuse Blvd., and Havelock – 566 U.S. 70).  Generous shoppers can donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their school counselors and principals.

Volunteers from the schools and our community will be on hand and honking the horn of the school bus each time a donation is made as a way of showing thanks.

A shopping list will be available the day of the event, is currently available on the PIE website at www.CravenPartners.com, and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

For those who can’t make it to the event, many businesses have agreed to be drop-off locations, and will collect items until Tuesday, August 21.  They are:

  • Havelock Chamber of Commerce at 201 Tourist Center Drive,
  • BB&T at 375 S. Front Street,
  • Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines at 312 S. Front St.,
  • Wells Fargo at 401 S. Front St.,
  • Sound Bank at 1801 S. Glenburnie Rd.,
  • Edward Jones Investments – Dan Roberts at 301 S. Front St.,
  • Toyota of New Bern at 5010 U.S. Hwy 70 East
  • Craven County Schools at 3600 Trent Rd.
  • Accidental Artist at 219-A Craven St.
  • Rankin & Fiume at 608 McCarthy Blvd.

Last year, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received $32,000 in donations and was able to assist students in all 25 schools. Based on this success, Partners In Education is recruiting the help of all our community partners so that we are able to reach even more students this year.

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Darlene.Brown@CravenK12.org. Visit the PIE website at www.CravenPartners.com to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is the local educational foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, New Bern

June 12th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

More than 700 educators, business leaders, and elected officials filled the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on Tuesday afternoon for the sold-out Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.

The annual event helps raise money for Craven County schools through PIE grant programs.

The organization, Partners In Education is the local education foundation for Craven County Schools.  PIE awarded more than $170,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2017-18 school year, PIE President Ervin Patrick said.

Dr. Cecil Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, served as keynote speaker.

John Bircher, attorney with White & Allen, and a 1988 graduate of West Craven High School, served as the emcee of the event. Bircher said of Dr. Staton that he was pleased to welcome Dr. Staton to Craven County. Bircher explained, “East Carolina University has a world class College of Education, and we are proud that Dr. Ervin Patrick, PIE president, recently received his doctorate from ECU College of Education.”

Bircher said Dr. Staton comes to ECU from the University System of Georgia where he served as Vice Chancellor for Extended Education and as interim President of Valdosta State University. Previously, he served as associate provost, assistant professor, and university publisher at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and on the faculty of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia.

He also served for 10 years as a Georgia state senator representing the state’s 18th District, and chaired the appropriations sub-committee responsible for the state’s $2 billion annual investment in public higher education.

Dr. Staton is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, a Master of Divinity with Languages and Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England.

After Dr. Staton spoke, it was announced that PIE would offer a one-time grant of $3,000 to Craven County public school principals for the 2018-19 school year in Dr. Staton’s honor for speaking.  The focus of the grant will be STEM, at Dr. Staton’s request.

Several awards were given during the luncheon:

  • The Cheryl Marteney Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award serves to honor a volunteer who has made significant contributions through volunteer work with Craven County Partners In Education.  This was awarded to Barbara Dotter, PIE volunteer.
  • The PIE Outstanding Leadership Award honors outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators. This award went to Deborah Langhans, Chief Academic Officer of Craven County Schools and Dr. Ervin Patrick, PIE president and Director of Human Resource Services.

There were three PIE Excellence Awards. The award honors an individual or company for demonstrating a commitment to working with PIE to promote student achievement and educational excellence. This award went to Jason Jones, County Commissioner; B/S/H/ Home Appliances; and Wells Fargo.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors Craven County Schools graduates for their contributions to the community, their profession, and PIE. This award went to Patricia Rammacher and Michael Raines, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines.

Entertainment for the event was provided by Havelock High Jazz Band and West Craven Middle School #BucketRage.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, New Bern

May 31st, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Tommy Wilson was named director of Curriculum and Instruction for Craven County Schools effective July 2.

Tommy Wilson

Wilson has been serving as principal at West Craven Middle School.

As director of Curriculum and Instruction, Wilson will provide leadership and direction in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, review, and evaluation of the district’s curriculum and instructional services, DoDEA Grants, and Title II Federal Program.  His responsibilities as the director ensures that the district’s curriculum and instruction priorities are aligned to state standards and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement and instructional excellence.

Wilson graduated from West Craven High School as well as East Carolina University. He taught in middle school in Wayne County and high school in Pamlico County, where he also served as an assistant principal and alternative school director. Prior to returning to Craven County, Wilson served as an elementary and middle school principal in Currituck County and most recently, he was West Craven Middle School’s principal for the 2017-18 school year.

Jessica Fortescue

Jessica Fortescue will replace Wilson as principal for West Craven Middle School effective July 2.

Fortescue started her career in education in 2006 as a math teacher at H.J. MacDonald Middle School.  For the last five years she has served as an assistant principal at Brinson Memorial Elementary, West Craven Middle and New Bern High School.

 

Posted in Craven County Schools

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