Chicod School Renovation Plans

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

People are concerned a face lift to one Eastern Carolina school will mean serious changes for their children. Pitt County Schools is proposing to renovate the Chicod School built in 1929.

Some don't want school authorities to break up the Kindergarten to 8th grade format Chicod has had for years. But the school board says it just received a letter from Raleigh saying government funding for Chicod noting funding will drop three to seven percent due to the economy.

Right now the estimate to give Chicod a face lift is 9 to 10 million dollars. It's a figure that pales in comparison to build a brand new school.

As of now, Chicod has 800 students, that's 100 more than it's supposed to have. If the plans go through the school would be Kindergarten through 5th grade. The 6th through 8th grades would be dispersed to other schools throughout Pitt County.

The Chicod project would take two years to complete. A decision will not be made until March. They are currently accepting proposals for a solution.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 19, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    With the tough economic conditions, these school systems need to have it to where a kid should just go to the closest school. That means if a kid is raised the closest to Chicod, then they should be at Chicod in grades K-8, and if a kid is raiseed the closest to Grimesland, then go to G.R. Whitfield. I would also say that the next high school that Pitt County gets needs to be somewhere between Grimesland and Pactolus, so that kids from out by Grimesland Bridge Road will not have to go so far to get to either Conley, North Pitt, or Washington. That is way too far to go to school and they have to get up EARLY. That is just like someone from Farmlife who would go to Roanoke High school, instead of one of the other 3 High Schools in Martin County. If they were to shut down Jamesville (which they should not) then you would have kids that would come all the way from just about in Plymouth and go all the way to Williamston. They would be better off at Plymouth, cause it's much closer.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    Hey Tad, did you ever go back and see my posts back to you under the Southside High School article? Maybe you will learn something new. As far as Chicod, I will agree to leave it as K-8. It is a lot easier on parents and kids these days, especially not having to use up as much gas and time. Chicod and Whitfield(in Grimesland) are way too far to be involved in the same school district. Just think about the distance that people all the way out in Clayroot and Gardnerville would have to go. From Grimesland to Gardnerville, it's about 25 miles, and that is WAY TOO FAR to go to school. It would be worse than some Bear Grass High Students living out in Farmlife having to go all the way to Robersonville cause of a stupid school closing, knowing how far enough that Bear Grass, Williamston, and Jamesville is. Even Washington is closer to Farmlife than Robersonville is, and Plymouth is not much further. Tell me that's a waste of gas. That is asinine of the school board to do this. Tad, you agree?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    When are the people who make these decisions going to realize that it is the community that makes schools like Chicod, Jamesville and Bear Grass outstanding. Renovate the school but leave it as K-8.
  • by Harriett Location: Grifton on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    Pitt County Schools haven't learned a thing from their Greenville Schools redistricting fiasco in 2005. When 8% of your student population moves, leaves to go to a private school, or starts homeschooling, that should tell you that your management practices do not work.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    evidently pitt county is not in an economic crisis as the rest of us because they are still blowing money as if there is an endless supply. I quess it is easy when it does"nt affect you! We the tax payers and parents and children are the ones to suffer other peoples stupiditys or lack of judgement for another word.
  • by al Location: greenville on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    It's a great school with wonderful, caring teachers and happy students. Good scores all around. It figures they would try to mess with something that is working. I wonder how many people who are commenting have ever been near this school?
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 5, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    How about firing some of those teachers in the school who do not believe in following 504 plans for students with special needs????
  • by Proud Hornet Location: Chicod on Feb 5, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    It is a shame they are trying to fix something that isn't broke!!!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 5, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    With all that I see going on in the Pitt County School system, it seems like a bad place to live if you have children.
  • by Hal on Feb 5, 2009 at 04:01 AM
    Please stop messing with what schools are children will attend!
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