Schools seek to connect with business, community leaders

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Lori Worley places a marble in a student-created roller coaster during a tour of Early College East last week as part of the Craven County Schools’ Connections meeting at Havelock Middle School.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM.

Craven County Schools is looking to make connections with community and business leaders, and to that end, hosted a group of about 30 from the Havelock area last week at Havelock Middle School.

"This is about connecting with all of our partners," said Lane Mills, superintendent of Craven County Schools. "It’s critical that we work together as partners, and you are all our partners."

During the meeting called Connections, Mills highlighted some of the successes of the school system and where the system wants to go.

He mentioned a $2.4 million Department of Defense grant that would allow the system to create labs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, known among educators through the popular abbreviation STEM. While high school algebra labs will be set up at Early College East in Havelock and Havelock High School, Mills said the funds would allow more expansion of STEM into elementary schools.

"That’s a big impact for our elementary schools," he said.

Mills said the focus on STEM programs would lead to better futures for students once they leave school, regardless of their career path.

"What we’re talking about is future-proofing your kids," he said. "Everyone has to be a critical thinker, a problem solver, an innovator. Those are life skills kids need every day for the future. I know I don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t have those skills."

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