Emotional School Forum

With tears in their eyes -- parents concerned about the future education of their children pleaded with the Pitt County School Board Monday night in the 6th and final listening session for a proposed 55 million dollar plan to revamp many of the county's schools.

Parents filled J.H. Rose high school to voice their final concerns.

Kelly Boyd says, "I'm not against change, but I think the change they're proposing is not good for our community."

Boyd's talking about a proposed long range facility plan the school board is considering. Among the most controversial part of the plan -- changing some of the county's kindergarten through 8th grade configurations.

Superintendent Beverly Reep says, "What's likely going to happen here is that parts of this plan will move ahead and other parts It'll take a little more time to work on and look at whether we need to come up with alternatives."

Reep says people's voices will not go unheard -- and that because there's been such opposition -- the board's decided it needs more time to make a final decision.

People can continue to comment by calling the school board or by clicking on the link below.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    Pitt County Schools still can't be anywhere as bad as Martin County's schools. Martin County has had so much garbage to put up with from the "so called Dr. Daly."
  • by Concerned Location: Pitt County on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    I am not sure, but I believe that the No Child Left Behind strategy to education encourages the state to provide funding to schools with higher test scores including teacher's salaries. I would think that more funding would be given to schools with poor test scores because they are in need of supplies and or more experienced staff. Since several school systems in Eastern NC are having to payback money to the state, I believe this new school reform may be a quick financial solution since they will be mixing the schools up in hopes to improve or even out test scores. If test scores improve, more funding from the state will be provided to the county. However, that county debt will still be an issue.
  • by Debbie Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    Children should go to school in their own communities. PCS seems to be against building communities. Children need security and to grow up knowing neighbors ect. It seems that this is a seek and destroy mission. Instead of busing and wasting tax payer money, invest in communities. My children are grown, but it makes me sick to see what is happening to our schools. Thank you to all on the school board who see our children as pawns in a game.
  • by Dixon Location: Grimesland on Feb 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    With the economy the way it is and so many people being laid off from their jobs I find it appalling that we would spend $55,150,000 to restructure our schools and that does NOT include the cost of busing these students; the cost of gasoline for the buses or the cost to pay the drivers for driving more.We have classrooms that do not have enough books for their students. These students can not take their books home because they need to stay in the class so other students can use them. We also have schools that don’t have copy paper. Schools are actually asking parents to send paper that only has something written on one side back to the school to be reused .I just want to know why we are not more concerned with our childrens education? Why would we want our children on buses for hours? It really doesn't metter what we say the PCS will do whatever it wants to I am just thankful I only have 2 more years to deal with PCS system. Leave the schools alone and fix the reall issues.
  • by citizen2 on Feb 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    I'm intersted to see what the racial make up fo the top performing school are.
  • by Lee Location: Greenville NC on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    This is the truth about the school board. There is simply no accountability. When they make a bad decision and the school drops in academic performance because parents pull their kids into private schools the state simply throws additional funds to that school. We in Pitt County have been told for years to play up to the school board members, it does not matter because their is 0 accountability! Kids should go to schools in or near their neighborhoods, draw circles around neighborhoods close to schools and let that be the common sense approach as most other communities do. Thank you school board for increasing the demand for private schools and making Pitt county such a happy place to raise children! Many of us wish you would find some other form of entertainment to fill in your free time and to feed your egos.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    It is the price of growth. The proposed system is already successful in many areas. I have three children in the Pitt County System. The Board however, will do what ever they want. Remember the tax increase for education? They'll be looking for more money and who do you think will pay? The lottery? Obama? Soon enough folks will be wondering how there going to financially afford getting their children through primary and high school.
  • by Let's homeschool on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    I don't have kids in Pitt Co, but nearby. It's the same everywhere. I'm becoming more and more in favor of homeschooling them.
  • by prnet Location: nc on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    PARENTS: I've had experience with matters like this. It doesn't matter how much you dry, plead or beg, the Board of Education is going to do what they want. You MUST FIGHT for what you believe in. Don't give in to them.How many of the Board members have children that this will affect?
  • by Ladyluck Location: Winterville on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    OK..I've got to comment on this one. I fought the same fight for many years starting in 1984. PCS is always trying to fix something that isn't really broken. I have come to the conclusion that it realy doesn't matter what the tax paying public thinks. PCS is going to do it the way they want to. So save those tears. You're fighting a battle that you can't win.
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