School district plan has some parents upset

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

A move by Craven County Schools to get more students attending school in their own district has many parents annoyed and scrambling to make new arrangements or file an appeal.

Craven County Board of Education members and staff have been discussing a possible policy change for two or three months, said Glenn Reaves, assistant superintendent. But the board just took official action in mid-May and letters just went to parents affected as late as Friday.

The issue impacts many parents in the Havelock area who have requested that their children attend year-round schools at Arthur W. Edwards Elementary, Havelock Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle.

“The board did revisit the assignment policy as a part of bringing our policy in alignment with North Carolina School Board Association policy,” said Linda Thomas, Board of Education vice chairwoman. “We blended ours with what the state association has and there are very few changes.”

She said the county had a “very lenient policy over the years,” and over time school population had gotten out of balance.

“We had to review the policy because we had so many students attending schools out of district that we had some schools that were overcrowded and some with empty classrooms,” Reaves said.

“Over the last 10 years, there has been pretty different interpretations of old policy. We have eight vacant classrooms at one school and we are having to put two or three mobile units out front at another.”

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