Race Debate In Schools At Issue In Pitt County

The high court's ruling could affect diversity plans here in Eastern Carolina. In 2005 Pitt County schools moved forty two hundred students based on race in an effort to diversify the students body at certain schools in the county. At a press conference Friday morning, superintendent Beverly Reep and school board attorney Phil Dixon said the ruling won't impact their 2005 decision at this point. One reason is the district is under a court order awaiting a decision from the office of civil rights while one of the school districts the Supreme Court based their ruling on was not under court order. As for whether school officials think their 2005 decision was a success, the jury is still out. Currently the Pitt County school board is discussing other ways to diversify schools using factors beside race. The board is considering adding socio-economic and school achievement data.