Perdue visits Halifax school teachers

Posted August 2, 2010

— Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday met with teachers and school system staff in the troubled Halifax County Schools.

The state Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction last summer put in place a three-year intensive program to help boost student performance in the district after a judge ordered the state to get involved.

"Our future economic prosperity in this state is tied to the kids in the classroom," Perdue said. "I have all belief that the teachers in Halifax County and across the state are coming back, energized and ready to go, and they understand that high expectations will define North Carolina."

Halifax County Schools Superintendent Elease Frederick says the system has made some important changes and is headed in the right direction, but she said there is still plenty of work to do.

She said the governor's visit shows that the state stands behind the school system and its effort to succeed.

Judge Howard Manning, who has long overseen academic performance in the state's public schools, ordered the state to get involved last summer, saying the school system operated so poorly that it was committing "academic genocide."

State figures showed more than 71 percent of the school system's elementary school students and 74.3 percent of middle school students were not proficient in reading.

At the high school level, about one-third of the students were considered proficient on end-of-course tests, compared with 68 percent statewide.

The Department of Public Instruction has since been providing support and oversight to coach principals in effective instructional and school leadership.

The school system recently received two federal school improvement grants totaling nearly $5 million to help improve student performance.

School starts in Halifax County on Aug. 25.


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  • superman Aug 3, 2010

    What do you expect. A lot of these kids come from homes probably without running water or a bathroom. Probably being raised by a relative. Probably take a bath out of a washpan. They expect these kids to be rocket scientist?

  • royunc Aug 2, 2010

    The real problem with Halifax County is that there are 3 different schools systems in Halifax County. Weldon City, Roanoke Rapids City, and Halifax County. Roanoke Rapids has always been segregated.

  • royunc Aug 2, 2010

    The real problem with this county is that there are 3 school systems in one of the poorest counties in the state. Weldon City, Halifax County, and Roanoke Rapids City. This is how Roanoke Rapids achieved secregation. Both Halifax County Schools and Weldon Schools are predominately non-white and Roanoke Rapids is predominately white. It has been that way since schools were segregated in the 60's. I know because I went to Weldon.

    Someone explain to me why you need 3 schools systems. Three times the administrative cost. It's a joke!

  • whatusay Aug 2, 2010

    Not sure money will help this county. Too many single mothers and family values do not support education.

  • due_whats_right Aug 2, 2010

    Why is it that the $5 million grant comes along AFTER the state got involved? What about being proactive and grant the money as needed before the state steps in? I am just saying.....