Halifax County School Superintendent Responds To Judge

The superintendent of an embattled public school system in northeastern North Carolina says she hopes an improvement plan will be enough to satisfy a judge who believes the state should take over the district's operations.

Halifax County schools Superintendent Geraldine Middleton says she hopes measures being implemented with the help of the state Department of Public Instruction will bring the district into compliance. Middleton was hired as the school superintendent in July 2007.

Among the changes she cited Wednesday are new employees in several key jobs and a program aimed at improving math scores.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning has scheduled a hearing April 29 to determine whether the state should take over the Halifax County schools. He said they do such a bad job of educating students that they are committing "academic genocide."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2009 at 08:12 AM
    When it comes to student performance, parents and caretakers make the difference. If this was a county in which at least 50% of parents actually cared and were proactive in their children's education (not just their appearance), students would not be failing to such a degree. Teachers are told not to worry about parental involvement because they can't control it, but as 1 commenter has noted " show me a parent interested in their child's education and you will see a student performing great in school." Most ( but not all) students take on the attitude of their parents when it comes to their education. If moms, dads, and caretakers don't care about the child's ability to perform on grade level, then why would the child?
  • by Anonymous Location: Scotland Neck on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    Money will not solve the problem What they need is an outside person-that is not a friend of an employee, not a member of the same church, not someone related to someone--they need an outsider willing to step on some toes. Otherwise, it will continue to be a large group of people that just make it look good on paper, and keep on doing what they have been doing.
  • by justicemissing Location: hyde co. on Mar 24, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Your Honor I suggest you read the blog concerning the Washington County teacher arrested for operating a shothouse in Bertie Co. It would appear many students have rallied to the teacher's defense. If those examples of educational preparation do not raise your eyebrows.....God help the kids in Halifax.
  • by Anonymous Location: Scotland Neck on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    You could spend millions in Halifax County on education and it would not help. It is not the teachers but the population. Basic needs are not met for most of these kids and until that is done(which is mostly the parent's responsibility)the education will not change.Pouring tons of money into the county will not help until the parents are willing to help themselves. This is why my children do not go to public school here.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:59 PM
    the on Mar 19 at 5:56 PM, No, don't need more money. There are districts in America that spend much less and perform much better. You must live there. Your schools fail because your parents fail. They fail to pay enough attention to their children to insure that they do well in school. The majority of the responsibility is yours, not the teacher's or the school.
  • by Tom Location: Scotland Neck on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    These problems have been here for some time now. They will in no way ever really be addressed by the Board of Education or the County Commissioners. It is time for Judge Manning to turn this Educational system for a serious upgrade in order to benefit our students. I hope the Judge will not be lulled into thinking that thee is a real concern from the administrative level. It is time to do something effective.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    Have your ever thought, maybe the scores reflect the concern of the parents. Show me a parent interested in their childs education and you will see a student performing great in school.
  • by the on Mar 19, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Perhaps more funding for education is needed so that more resources can be thoroughly utilized in the school system.
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