UPDATE: State Wants Intervention At Halifax County Schools

The state plans to step in and help the Halifax County School System where state figures show more than 71 percent of its elementary school kids and 74.3 percent of middle school students are not proficient in reading .

The state Department of Education teamed up with the Department of Public Instruction to devise a plan to step in and give the slipping school district a boost.

Student Shaquillia Murphy said she was happy to see the state stepping in.

Halifax County Schools spokesperson Keith Hoggard says, "We're happy to strengthen the collaboration because what we're about is helping our kids achieve academically and just what the judge wants, just what DPI wants, that's what we want also."

The assistance comes one week before a judge was to make a decision if the school system should be shut down. Hoggard says the students needed this timely help. "The kids have to be educated and this is where they have to be educated."

Under the proposal the state would provide intensive support and training including 3 weeks of professional development for all principals and two weeks for teachers.

The state has also proposed to keep 12 full-time master educators hired by Halifax County Schools to help classroom teachers improve instruction.

The plan will be presented before a judge in Raleigh April 29th.


The state says it wants to intervene in a low performing school system in Eastern Carolina, just a week before a judge was to consider a takeover of the troubled system.

Governor Beverly Perdue announced today what it being called an unprecedented intervention in Halifax County Schools. The plan was crafted by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.

Next week a Wake County judge will hold a hearing to determine who should run the low-performing school system.

Under the proposal from the governor, state staff would provide intensive support and oversight to coach principals in effective leadership, provide tools to help central office staff to better guide the district, and ensure that teachers get the necessary support to improve student learning.

The model for improving student learning in the district features:

*3 weeks of professional development for principals and central office personnel
*2 weeks of professional development to teachers
*12 full-time master educators hired by Halifax County Schools to help classroom teachers improve instruction
*3 school transformation coaches provided by the NCDPI and
*A district transformation coach provided by the NCDPI
*Consultation with NCDPI regarding use of federal and state appropriations.

The plan will be presented to the judge at his April 29th hearing in Raleigh.

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  • by Shaquillia Location: ..... on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    i didnt say anythinng about i was happy the state was stepping in...i mean its good because we are progressing but my word were totally twisted around..nd i didnt like the fact that you all told the parts taht you all wanted too..my words were so into detail..and none of the important things were broadcasted.....
  • by TAN Location: NC on May 11, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    Well,I have tried this whole year to get parent's in one of the HCS to go with me to the School Board,but they always said FOR WHAT and I Replied because if you're child grades hasn't changed sense the beginning of school LOL!!! something is wrong... But no one heard my CRY FOR HELP!!!! I felt like my child deserved better than that,it hurt me when nobody listen to me..I don't feel bad about the STATE taken over,maybe it's a Blessing!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    What is going on with this story?
  • by C Location: North Carolina on Apr 24, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    If you had a "Goal" (I don't mean the EOG) for each grade level to meet yearly then I could understand the problem. I have 2 newphews in an eastern North Carolina Public School and these kids practice and have so much pressure put on them 2 months prior to EOG's to meet the expectations. I personally feel that the DPI and NCDPI need to find a better way of measuring the performance of our kids. As for wasting money why buy books that kids aren't even taught half of the information that is in them, do pressure of the EOG test. I personally don't send my kids to a public school in North Carolina,they are enrolled in a non-public school setting. My kids are pushed to reach a goal and are maintaining the expectations set before then without the stresses of public schools. You see students receive stress from teachers who receive stress for the principal who receives stress for the superintendant who then receives stress from the state officials who get grief from us as tax payers.
  • by M Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    I understand what Anonymous is saying. It's not that I want to judge people in Halifax Co and I am sure that everyone is not like this. At one time, I worked in the Scotland Neck area doing home therapy visits. Not being from the area, I was appalled at what I saw on a daily basis. I was not by any means a sheltered child, but never before had I seen people smoke pot on their front porches, drink 40 oz beer, or even alcohol straight from the bottle during mid day in front of everyone. These homes were in plain view of some of the main streets in the towns too. There were always children around up and down the streets whether school was in or not. I know it isn't everyone, there are some good parents around there that are just stuck in situation they can't seem to get ahead and get out of. The others need to get up off their butt and set a better example or the next generations will be taking their seat with the brown bags in hand and something rolled in the other.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 23, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    All they got to do is ask BEV ,,she haves messed N.C. up so bad now that I hate this State,,,,I was born here.BEV,,,please for GOD shake,,,stop killing us.
  • by Mary Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    They need to look at every school in this state. ESp eastern NC schools. I know a few that let students slide by and they are not even up to grade level. They just make it look that way on paper. NO child left behind indeed, except when they graduate and they don't know anything.
  • by hope Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Oh, I do agree with THE D.DOG, schools need competition... Gov is stinking the place up a bit.
  • by hope Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    To K., You make an interesting point. In many ways our school system is still being implemented as it was from the beginning. Maybe it is time for a COMPLETE overhaul of the current education infrastructure. Personally, I have always felt that a private entity should run the school system like a business. (I base this on the FACT that the gov has screwed it up so bad in my area over the years...) They could provide their product, & research why it was not being carried out across the board. WHEN they identify a certain demographic (dare I say, people of low economic status w/ lesser support at home group...) then they would implement a course of action to deal DIRECTLY with that group allowing everyone to work at their pace. Thus they have accommodated ALL. WHAT A CONCEPT, accommodate ALL. Unfortunately, instead we see the race card used in these areas...thus handicapping the school system for all. Take some bids, cap off the per child expense, & see what happens...
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    I grew up in Halifax County, but I definitely did not attend the public schools there. I would have to say that Roanoke Rapids Highschool is probably the only public school in Halifax worth attending. The kids in the majority of this county do not want to learn. They want everything to be hand fed to them. I wonder what percentage of this county is on welfare!!!! I know the town of Enfield is mostly supported by welfare. Everyone would rather sit on their front porch and play cards or dominos while drinking a 40 instead of getting a job. It is going to take a lot of work and money for the State to fix the education system in this county. I would not let any of these students in other schools because they would just drag the other kids down to their level. I know it is bad to say these things about this county, but they are true.
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