The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool. Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.” “WeRead More →

Last night, the Board of Education learned of the many preparations that are being made by the school district to safely return to school while considering the health and well-being of students and staff. The Board of Education voted unanimously to transition from Plan C (all remote learning) to Plan B (moderate social distancing), which will go into effect on October 6, 2020 for the early college high schools and October 19, 2020 for the traditional schools. The Plan B schedule for students will be as follows: Remote learning (Craven LIVE) will remain an option for our families who decided they are not ready toRead More →

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during the September Board of Education Work Session the Board of Education received several presentations as they consider whether to return to school in Plan B at the end of the first nine weeks of instruction. The system continues preparations to return to school for in-person instruction. If the Board decides to transition the school system to Plan B, the first days of instruction would be October 6th, 2020 for early college students and October 19th, 2020, for our traditional schools. The Board of Education took no formal action during the meeting however they plan on receiving public input atRead More →

Craven County Partners In Education was recently presented with a $1,400 check for the Stuff the Bus campaign by Baxter Eye Care. It is through generous community partnerships that Stuff the Bus can help in meeting the needs of those students who have been identified as in-need in Craven County Schools. From July 15-August 21, Baxter Eye Care donated $10 for every pair of eyeglasses purchased to the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus was held Saturday, August 15. However, donations are accepted throughout the year at Craven County Schools, Central Services, 3600 Trent Road. A school supply list can be found at More →

One Craven County Schools student and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, the school district announced on Monday evening. Four students and three staff were infected and announced on Sept. 10. Before that, four staff were reported ill in late August. In all, five students and nine staff have tested positive throughout the school district since classes started on Aug. 10. Although classes are being held online, most teachers and staff are working from their respective schools. Some of them bring their children, while other students — student athletes — have been attending practices. Craven County commissioners are pressuring the Craven County SchoolRead 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 →

Craven County Schools issued a news release on its website and via social media to report several cases of COVID-19 earlier this week, as it has done in the past. There were two things that were different, however. First, the district didn’t say what or which schools were affected by the new cases. Second, this news release listed students as being among those who tested positive for the virus. The Post contacted Jennifer Wagner, spokesperson for Craven County Schools, asking for more information. She responded. The two issues are actually entwined in HIPAA, the federal health law that among other things protects patient privacy. “BasedRead More →

Four students and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Craven County Schools, the district announced Wednesday night. Students have been attending classes remotely, while staff and faculty have been working from their respective campuses. “While we cannot legally release the identity of the individuals, we can inform you that our school nurses, in consultation with the Craven County Health Department, have been investigating these cases and anyone who may have had close contact with the positive individuals in the 48 hours prior to developing symptoms has been quarantined,” the school district said in a news release. Close contact refers to the individualRead More →

Montrell Lee was named as the new principal at Grover C. Fields Middle School, replacing Renee Whitford who recently accepted the position of Student Information and Records Management Coordinator for Craven County Schools. Lee has spent his entire educational career with Craven County Schools spending his first four years as the Health and Physical Education Teacher at West Craven Middle School where he demonstrated a passion for mentoring, motivating, and inspiring young men and women. Based on his ability to build strong relationships and lead, Mr. Lee decided to advance his career as the assistant principal at West Craven High School where he has beenRead More →

Courtney Merkel will transition to the Assistant Principal position at Graham A. Barden Elementary starting on Oct. 1, 2020. Merkel began her career in education 13 years ago. She has taught in Joshua Tree, California and in Craven County. She has had the experience of being a media coordinator and being in the classroom in grades Kindergarten, First, Second, and Fifth grades. Merkel’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Masters in School Administration with a Curriculum and Instruction endorsement from East Carolina University. She was also recognized in 2017 as Craven County’s elementary math teacher of the year. She is happilyRead More →