Schools Cited For Turnaround

Two school districts in the east, Pitt and Pamlico Counties, are cited for their academic improvement in a letter sent out by the Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, who's threatening to close several schools in the state that are low performing. Manning praised Pamlico County for creating a freshman academy for incoming students. In only its second year school, administrators say the program has decreased the number of discipline problems and dropouts as well as an overall improvement in student grades. School administrators say the freshman academy was created with existing staff and funding.