Schools get back to business with classes opening Monday

havelock middle

New Havelock Middle School teacher Vernee Rogers slaps hands with fellow teachers at a pep rally as teachers and staff returned to work to make preparations for the 2013-14 school year. Classes start for students on Monday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 05:25 PM.

Education endured a summer of state budget cuts, protests and even job cuts in Craven County. But on Monday, school staff will get back to the business of teaching students when classes resume for those schools on the traditional calendar.

While Tucker Creek Middle, and Arthur W. Edwards and Havelock elementary schools have been in classes since last month on the year-round calendar, Roger Bell, Gurganus, and Graham A. Barden elementary, Havelock Middle and Havelock High schools are all set to open for students bright and early on Monday morning, marking the end of summer for many.

Perhaps the biggest new thing for students this school year will be new labs designed for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Havelock-area elementary schools.

Havelock High

The new school year begins at Havelock High with the addition of three new advance placement courses — English III, Government and U.S. History — bringing the school’s total to seven. The classes offer college-level curriculum on the high school level and are designed for higher-level students.

“We want to make sure our students are competitive when applying to college,” said Principal Jeff Murphy. “We want to help these students excel.”

Though the entire system has been impacted by job cuts, Murphy said the high school was able to hire a good group of new teachers, including three recent graduates from the University of North Carolina and another from North Carolina State.

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