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 →

Tyshaun Bryant as the new Assistant Principal at Trent Park Elementary School effective Sept. 1, 2020. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in December of 1999 and Teacher Certification in December of 2001 at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. May of 2015, she earned a Master’s of School Administration Degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Bryant has taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 11.5 years in the Wayne County Public School System. Her remaining 8 years in education have been spent coaching teachers at the school and district level. She loved and enjoyed teaching students asRead More →

Christy Hazlett will continue her tenure as an assistant principal at HJ MacDonald School effective Aug. 31, 2020. Hazlett is a New Bern native and graduated from West Craven High School in 1995.  This is her ninth year in education and all of her time has been spent with Craven County Schools.   She has taught kindergarten, fifth, sixth and seventh grade.   During her career in education she has served as a Kenan Fellows Master Teacher, a member of the Governor’s Teacher Network, an advocate for public education with the Hope Street Group Fellows and was Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year duringRead More →

Caroline Godwin appointed Assistant Principal position at Roger Bell New Tech Academy effective Aug. 13, 2020. Godwin spent 13 years of her 17- year education career in Craven County. After graduating from UNC-W in the UNC Teaching Fellows program, she taught 5th grade for four years in Duplin County. During her tenure in Craven County, she has taught 5th grade, AIG, served as a Digital Teaching and Learning Coach, and for the past 2.5 years as an instructional coach at Roger Bell New Tech Academy. Mrs. Godwin had the honor of being Craven County’s Teacher Ambassador in 2010 which afforded her many great learning opportunities.Read More →

Ashlee DeCamp was approved as the New Professional Development Coordinator for Craven County Schools. Her appointment was approved at the Aug. 20 Board of Education Meeting DeCamp is entering into her 12th year as an educator and all of her previous years have been spent at New Bern High School teaching Biology. In addition to serving as a science teacher, she also served as NBHS AVID Coordinator and CCS AVID Co- District Director. These roles have allowed DeCamp to see growth in the district in implementing the AVID instructional system. During her time at NBHS, she served as Teacher Ambassador for two non-consecutive years, affordingRead More →