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Vocational Education has evolved to become today’s Career and Technical Education

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100 Years of Career and Technical Education
Written by Chris Bailey

Yesterday’s Vocational Education has evolved to become today’s Career and Technical Education. In the 1917, the first public school vocational courses were centered on Agriculture, focusing on teaching young men to be productive farmers, and Home Economics, leading young women to be good homemakers. Over the last century, the names have changed and the courses have expanded to give students a first-hand glimpse into the myriad of careers awaiting them after graduation. Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses now span 8 major areas and fit into one or more of the 16 career cluster areas identified by the US Department of Labor.

Beginning with exploratory courses in sixth grade and continuing with skill development courses throughout high school, CTE aids students to identify and solidify their career pathway. Whether the pathway involves post-secondary education, certifications or on the job training, CTE provides opportunities for informed students to navigate to a productive and rewarding career. CTE offers over 150 courses in the following areas: Agricultural Education; Business, Finance and Information Technology Education; Career Development; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Sciences Education; Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education; Technology Education; and Trades and Industrial Education. Each area contains courses designed to offer students a range of opportunities from exploring potential careers to developing skills for entry level jobs. CTE programs may also include courses designed to meet the specific needs of local business and industry which aids recruitment efforts for expansions and eliminating shortages for skilled workers.

In an effort to ensure a quality program of skill development and exploration, many of CTE courses are adopted or adapted from industry training courses. This not only aligns courses to industry standards, but also allows students to earn credentials associated with those industries. Over 122 industry recognized, stackable credentials such as ServSafe®, Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified User, and NC Emergency Medical Technician Basic help students become more marketable as a potential employee. In 2014-15, North Carolina students earned 130,611 industry credentials, certifying their skills for the workplace. Employers benefit from the credential attainment in the savings associated with training costs for new employees. For the student, the earned credentials can translate to faster promotions, higher starting wages, and validation of their value as an employee. Additionally, many of the credentials are stackable providing growth opportunities for students after graduation.
Many high school CTE courses are articulated with community college technical courses accelerating a student’s pathway to their career. Through earned articulated credits and courses taken through Career and College Promise, students can conceivably earn up to a year’s worth of college credits towards a post-secondary technical degree, at no cost to the student, before graduating from high school. Taking advantage of these options saves tuition costs to earn a post-secondary degree or certification. The shortened pathway coupled with cost savings equals an individual earning wages earlier with potentially shorter intervals for career growth.

While technical courses are the “meat” of the CTE program, there are many more opportunities for students to enhance their pathway to a career. Work based learning opportunities offer students on the job, real experiences with community business and industry partners. These experiences can range from one day job shadowing events to semester long internships to even longer term registered apprenticeships. CTE programs across the state are always looking for additional community partners to offer these real world experiences for students.

Career and Technical Student Organizations offer students opportunities to prove their skills in competitive environments, develop critical leadership skills, and network with students in the state and nation who share similar goals. Seven of these organizations exist today to carry individual above and beyond the classroom curriculum. Those are as follows: The National FFA Organization, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, DECA, TSA and SkillsUSA. Many former students tout networks created through these student organizations as being major connectors to their current careers.

Ultimately the goal for any student is to have a satisfying, family sustaining wage earning career—they want a “good job”. Regardless of the requirements to get that first job, a student’s experiences in CTE can help clear and accelerate the career pathway. A student finding out what careers they are not interested in or not skilled at an early age is just as valuable as finding their niche and calling. The technical, workplace, and leadership skills that are developed in quality CTE programs allow students to achieve their career goals quickly, without tremendous debt, and provide for future advancement along pathways that will span their lifetime.


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New Bern High Valedictorian addresses Classmates

Madelyn Gatchel

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of representing New Bern High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 2017. As the valedictorian, I addressed my classmates, as well as the family, friends and faculty who came to support us, explaining that graduation represents a time for celebration and reflection. More specifically, I spoke about reflecting and celebrating all that we learned in our four years at New Bern High School.

Below is an excerpt from the graduation speech:

“In August of 2013, we met for the first time as freshmen in high school, and as the future class of 2017. Many of us experienced mixed emotions about being in high school: excitement for all of the new freedoms and opportunities, but also anxiety because we did not really know what lay ahead. During our four years at this school, we have certainly learned a lot. In math we learned the quadratic formula; in science we learned that enzymes are proteins; in English we learned how to write a research paper using proper MLA format; in history we learned the Chinese dynasty song (which I will not be singing for you today) and in our world languages classes, we learned that words have genders. But we also learned some important life lessons here at New Bern High School. We learned to grieve after the loss of a beloved classmate; we learned to fail, and to learn from our failures; we learned the dangers of waiting until the night before a deadline to start a project (or in my case a lab report); we learned to think for ourselves, and we started to learn where our passions lie. For me, I learned that I love mathematics. I know this is an unpopular opinion among many of you, but mathematics is my passion, and over the past four years I have learned to embrace it.

I can comfortably say that we have learned a lot. So what? When I mentioned earlier that graduation calls for celebrating and reflecting, I meant it. I believe we should celebrate all we have learned the past four years because it shows how we have changed, how we have grown, how we have transformed into the young adults we are today. I would like to say that I am proud of all of us and all that we have learned both in the classroom and outside of it.

But there’s more good news! While this speech is almost over, our learning is not. Learning is a continuous process that will help us grow throughout our lives. It will challenge us when life is stale and fulfill us when we succeed. At some point in the near future, we will all have to learn something alone, without the help and guidance of our teachers and parents, which is both scary and empowering. For example, we will learn how to pay taxes, do our own laundry, and cook. We will also learn how to take care of ourselves and how to be good citizens. What I hope we will remember is that no matter where we are in life, we can always learn.”

I believe that the most important and influential lesson I learned at New Bern High School is the value of learning. I am thankful for all that I have learned in the past four years at New Bern High School, and I cannot wait to continue my learning next year at Davidson College.


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West Craven High Grads last words of Thanks



Thanks to unending support and encouragement from my parents, Jennifer and Robin Bradley, I have made the most out of my time at West Craven High School. From the start, I knew that I wanted to attend UNC Chapel Hill, and that I was going to have to work hard to get there, so I did. I took advantage of every AP class that West Craven offers, and enjoyed every second I spent learning from wonderful teachers like Mrs. Honbarrier, Mrs. Ranieri, Dr. C, and many others. My hard work in school all paid off back in January when I got my acceptance letter from UNC.For me, high school began with marching band. I found my place during summer rehearsals and my first band camp. I have a passion for playing music, and band helped me discover that. I played the mellophone during marching band, but my true love is the French horn. In band, I have served as the brass captain and mellophone section leader, which taught me many lessons in leadership and responsibility. I played in the All District band three years in a row, and worked with the most talented young musicians in our district. These clinics changed my whole perspective on music performance and helped me meet new, lifelong friends. My favorite ensemble that I have played in is the Craven Community Band, where I played for three seasons. Practicing music with musicians of all ages is by far the best way that I can think of to spend a Monday night. I hope to continue playing my French horn in community ensembles in Chapel Hill, and wherever else life takes me. I am so thankful for all of the band directors and musicians that I have learned from over the years.

I also participated in many clubs at West Craven, the first being Science Olympiad. I love to study anatomy, chemistry, and biology, and this club gave me an outlet to do so. My favorite extracurricular was Youth and Government, in which we attended a mock legislature and debated bills as if we were senators. This club helped me form political opinions and opened my mind to many new ideas that I had never even considered. I was also in Student Government, and I was the class president my junior and senior year. I really enjoyed planning homecoming week, making decorations for prom, and delivering speeches at school events.

The most valuable experience I had in high school was volunteering at Carolina East Medical Center. I have spent over 100 hours in the recovery room working with the nurses, anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and techs, and I absolutely loved it. This opportunity helped me to decide on a career as a nurse anesthetist. My plan is to get my BSN from UNC, work as a nurse for a few years, and go to anesthesia school. I am very much looking forward to learning more about medicine.

My time at West Craven has been very valuable, and I have very high hopes for my future at UNC. I would like to thank my parents, brother, teachers, and friends for supporting me on my journey through high school.


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Craven County Schools Announces New Administrative Assignments

Press Release
June 14, 2017

New Administrative Assignments for the Upcoming School Year

The Craven County Board of Education is pleased to announce the following administrative changes effective July 1, 2017 for the 2017-2-18 school year.

  • Kathy Barber will serve as the principal at Havelock Elementary School. She will be moving from JT Barber Elementary School.
  • Angie Franks will transfer to Creekside Elementary School as principal from Tucker Creek Middle School.
  • Ashley Faulkenberry will transfer to serve as principal of Trent Park Elementary School from West Craven Middle School.
  • Claudia Casey is being promoted to principal at Tucker Creek Middle School leaving HJ MacDonald Middle School as the current Assistant Principal.
  • Chris Germain will transfer to serve as principal of Brinson Memorial Elementary School from Havelock Elementary School.
  • Erica Phillips will join the Craven County Schools family as the principal at JT Barber Elementary School.
  • Tommy Wilson will join the Craven County Schools family as the principal at West Craven Middle School.
  • Shawn McCarthy is being promoted to principal at Grover C. Fields Middle School leaving Tucker Creek Middle School as the current assistant principal.
  • Tabari Wallace will transfer as the principal at West Craven High School from HJ MacDonald Middle School.
  • Pamie Reese is being promoted to principal at HJ MacDonald Middle School from the position of Assistant Principal at Ben D. Quinn Elementary School.
  • Daniel Palimetakis will join Craven County Schools family as the principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary.
  • Benjamin Barnes will join Craven County Schools family as the principal at Roger Bell Elementary.

Congratulations to all of our leaders and we wish them much success on their new journeys.


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Havelock High School Valedictorian

Havelock High School Valedictorian
By Brett Rayfield

My name is Brett Rayfield, and I graduated as the valedictorian of Havelock High School’s class of 2017. As I walked into the stadium on the morning of June 10, I was very excited and nervous about graduating. It meant a lot to me that my grandparents had traveled all the way from Alabama to see me speak to the class and receive my diploma. When it came time for me to give my speech to the audience at graduation, I was practically shaking because I had never had to address a large crowd of people before.

After I finished my speech I sat back and relaxed, enjoying the once in a lifetime experience of graduating high school. I believe that my hard working nature and my love of learning are a couple of factors that enabled me to become valedictorian. However, I could not have done it without the support of my parents, and the help of many teachers. Havelock High School has many wonderful, dedicated teachers who really care about their students and want to see them succeed. They love what they do despite the lack of appreciation they often receive from students. They come to school every day ready to help us grow and that is why I admire Havelock’s teachers.

I am very honored to be Havelock High School’s valedictorian this year because there are many other great students in our class who have accomplished just as much as I have over the last four years. I am able to look back fondly at my time spent at Havelock because of all the great students, teachers, and staff that make the school what it is.




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Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative
Contact: Lisa Galizia
252-727-2238 (office) • 252-241-7241 (cell) •
DATE: JUNE 23, 2017

Two area middle school students have some skills and new friends after attending summer basketball camps recently at two of the state’s largest college campuses.

Keeley O’Brien from Broad Creek Middle School attended the NC State Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 11-14, and Antonio King from Havelock Middle School attended the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the UNC-Chapel Hill June 17-21.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative awarded Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to the two campers. Keeley and Antonio were selected by a panel of judges based their applications, which included academic achievements, extracurricular activities, an essay and a short-answer question. Keeley is the daughter of Kevin and Amy O’Brien of Emerald Isle. This is the second year she has been awarded a scholarship to attend the camp. Antonio is the son of Tracy and Antonio King of Havelock.

The students stayed in dorms on campus and learned skills on and off the court from the collegiate coaching staffs and student-athletes. The coaches and staff worked closely with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practice playing hard while working cooperatively.
The all-expense paid scholarships, sponsored by North Carolina’s 26 Touchstone Energy cooperatives, provided funding this year for more than 50 middle schoolers from across the state to attend the camps. This is the 14th year the co-ops have awarded these scholarships.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative provides power to more than 32,000 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties.

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Beautifying New Bern High School – One Wall at a Time


Three years ago, Craven County School’s Career and Technical Education Program
(CTE) implemented a new course offering for its students entitled Public Safety and Firefighter
Technology at two of the district’s traditional high schools. Mr. Ed Bader was hired by Principal
Jerry Simmons to serve as the instructor for New Bern High School’s program in the fall of
2014. As a lateral entry teacher (lateral entry is an “alternate” route, for qualified individuals
outside of the public education system, that allows one to gain employment as a teacher while
simultaneously obtaining a professional educator’s license), Mr. Bader was able to bring his
prior expertise in public safety and firefighting into the classroom. Since his hiring, Mr. Bader
has developed the program from scratch and has partnered with local fire departments in order
to provide his students with real-world hands-on experiences. Additionally, those students who
successfully complete this program are eligible to receive North Carolina State Certification and
use it to join volunteer fire departments while still enrolled in high school.

When setting up his new classroom, Mr. Bader determined that the space, once used for
the old graphics design course, needed a face lift in order to best represent this new program.
The first area of need, according to Mr. Bader, was a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Shortly
before the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Principal Simmons made a visit to Mr. Bader’s
room. Upon seeing the freshly, yet plainly painted room, he suggested that one of the walls be
decorated with a mural related to firefighting to depict the rapidly growing program. Thus, Mr.
Bader contacted one of New Bern High School’s talented visual arts instructors, Mr. Christopher
Bennett and the two immediately began collaborating to determine a design that would bring life
to the classroom and best represent the purpose of the program.
It was decided that the history of New Bern and its fire department should be the focus
of the mural. After searching the internet for ideas, Mr. Bader stated that he “found a picture of
New Bern’s City Hall…and the idea hit [him], a picture of City Hall with a horse drawn steam fire
engine racing down the street going to a fire”. He then sent Mr. Bennett the picture of City Hall
along with several images of horse drawn steam fire engines and Mr. Bennett’s Art students
eagerly began practicing techniques and brainstorming ways to incorporate the two. Mr.
Bennett stated that students were required to work according to the ideas and imagery supplied
by Mr. Bader as well as develop techniques for painting on a large scale while incorporating
what they had learned in their art courses. Work began this past April and while students in Mr.
Bennett’s Art 2, 3, and 4 classes participated in the completion of the mural, he stated he was
“indebted to the perseverance of a handful of students who contributed many hours to bring the
concept to fruition”. Juniors Kailyn Byers, Paige Fountain, Hailey Hardee, and Hailey Hughes
as well as seniors Michelle Jones, Angelique Murrell, and Skyler Savitz played an integral part
in the process; their “maturity, dedication, and talent…allowed [Mr. Bennett] to let them work
with little supervision while [he] stayed in [his] classroom”.
It took these talented young artists a little over a month to complete the project once they
began painting. They even had the creativity and forethought to incorporate two special
requests from Mr. Bader: a storefront named “Elizabeth’s Corner” to memorialize Mr. Bader’s
mother and a building named “Bear Necessities” just for fun. The students involved told me that
“this was an incredible learning experience” and “a highlight of their artistic experience while at
New Bern High School”. So the next time you’re in the area, stop by and sneak a peek at New
Bern High School’s latest masterpiece.

by: Brandolyn F. Holton


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Students at New Bern High are presented with their certificate from Chairman Hale and Board Member, Carr Ipock acknowledging their selection as an AH Bangert Scholarship recipient.


Albert H. Bangert Student Scholarship Fund

Craven County Schools, along with the Craven County Board of Education serving as Trustees, is proud to administer the Albert H. Bangert Student Loan and Scholarship Fund.  These programs exist to provide financial aid to Craven County students who have demonstrated potential ability to succeed in college.

The Scholarship Fund awards eight scholarships in the amounts of $4,000.00 each to deserving graduates.  Students from each of the Craven County high schools, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, are encouraged to apply in the spring of their senior year.  The 2016-2017 seniors chosen for the award are:

Havelock High

Miels Sutton

Zechariah Felton

New Bern High 

Shikeshia Henderson

Jordan Johnson

Savannah Willis

West Craven High

Michael Lee

Shaun Roach

Craven Early College

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In addition, another scholarship endowed by the New Bern High School Class of 1956 in the amount of $1,500.00 is awarded to an eligible graduate from New Bern High School.  The recipient of this scholarship is Shannon Shope.

The Craven County Board of Education is proud to honor these students, and wishes them well in all their future endeavors!

Albert H. Bangert Student Loan Fund

The A. H. Bangert Fund provides for loans to eligible students from the Craven County high schools that are planning to attend college.  Students must be a graduate of one of the five Craven County public high schools with at least a 2.5 GPA, and must be accepted in an accredited college/university as a full time student.  Loans are secured with a Promissory Note and Deed of Trust on property owned in Craven County, with a maximum of $3,500.00 per school year.  Additional loans may be secured each year that the student is in college, and all payments are deferred until the student has graduated.  No interest accumulates while the student is enrolled as a full time student.

Applications for loans are accepted any time, and are considered by the Board of Education at their meetings.  For more information about the Albert H. Bangert Student Loan Fund, please contact the Administrator at (252) 514-6333.


SEED* Program

(*Students Entering EDucation)

A Loan Forgiveness Program Offered through the A. H. Bangert Student Scholarship/Loan Fund

The purpose of the Albert H. Bangert Memorial Student Loan/Scholarship SEED Program shall be to provide financial aid to up to three (3) students each year.  The applicants must be students who plan, upon graduation, to seek employment with Craven County Public Schools as a Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or Secondary certified educator.

In obtaining a SEED loan from the Albert H. Bangert Loan Fund, a student agrees to enter into a contract with Craven County Schools to work full-time as a teacher in the County’s public schools, with the understanding that one year of service as a full time teacher (minimum of 9 calendar months in a fiscal year) cancels one year of funding support received.  Since up to $14,000.00 could be borrowed, the student must work 4 years in Craven County Schools to pay off the maximum amount.  The student will have up to six years after college graduation to fulfill this obligation.

 Who can apply:

Seniors at Craven Early College High School, Early College EAST High School, New Bern High School, West Craven High School, and Havelock High School, who:

  • Have a 2.5 or better cumulative weighted GPA
  • Have been accepted into an accredited College/University with a School of Education
  • Are planning to seek employment as a full-time teacher in the Craven County Schools upon graduation
  • Submit an official application, with all required paperwork and verifications attached, and agree to all the stipulations and restrictions outlined in the application.

Information and the application are available online at under Students & Parents.


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Early College Program

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When I tell people I graduated from the early college program, nine times out of ten, they have no idea what I am talking about. Though Craven Early College has now been in existence for 10 years, there’s still a lot that people don’t know about CEC.  When I began my journey at Craven Early College, I was amidst my own personal turmoil. The traditional schools were not a good fit for me. In a world where I had previously mastered being invisible, I became a force to be reckoned with. I found my voice among people who believed in me. I learned how to reason through critical thinking and analyzed the world through a whole new perspective. I developed passion for what was right, and I can’t ever thank my CEC family enough for changing me into a woman I can be proud of. I’m graduating with two Associate’s degrees, 500+ hours of volunteer work, and a time-consuming job, all while maintaining a high GPA. The early college program was by far the best thing that has happened to me in my life thus far, and I only hope it continues to change kids’ lives.

During my time at CEC, I earned two years of transferrable college credit through CEC’s partnership with Craven Community College.  That means that when I enter the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a freshman this fall, I will take with me enough college credits to classify me (academically) as a JUNIOR!  It took a lot of hard work to earn those credits and to maintain high grades.  Students are not guaranteed an Associate’s degree just by being enrolled at Craven Early College — the credits required for a high school diploma have to be earned first, and then students have the opportunity to work toward their Associate degree.  The focus and discipline that are required in order to earn honors high school credits and college credits help students to learn time management, work ethic, and sacrifice — qualities that my teachers and instructors help to instill in me as I prepared for life in “the real world.”

The teachers and instructors were an ultimate highlight of my time at CEC. They taught us to fight for what we believe in and that “activist” isn’t a bad word. We were taught that being passionate, especially as a woman, does not make one crazy. Activism makes you a better human — because you see all the evils in the world and consciously choose to try to make it more beautiful. We were taught to be scholars, not students, and that gave us the ability to crave knowledge and understanding of the universe. We were taught to question the unknown, question what is fundamentally wrong, and challenge our core beliefs in order to make them stronger.

Our instructors strived to enlighten us at such a young age, something that most people don’t find their whole lives. I can truly say that as a high school student, ignorance was washed from my eyes, and I had the ability to see the world untainted. I was made to realize all of my privilege, and that realization helped me to discover my passions. My teachers helped to mold me into someone who could shift the world, someone who had power. I was given the ability to feel like I could move time and space, to turn the whole world upside down, in order to better the life of just one person. I was given confidence. It was a privilege to have been taught by the teachers at CEC and instructors at CCC, and I only hope they continue to change kids’ lives like they did mine.


Mackenzie Patak, Class of 2017


**In the attached photo of the CEC Class of 2017, Mackenzie is pictured on the front row, second from the left.


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Craven County Schools Recommended Accreditation by AdvancED

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By Dr. Cheryl F. Wilson

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

During a special called board meeting Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Craven County Schools district staff, administrators, school board members, and community leaders learned that Craven County Schools was recommended the distinction of accreditation from AdvancED.

AdvancED is a global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation to over 32,000 institutions worldwide serving over 20 million students. With more than 100 years of experience in accreditation, AdvancED is not the typical accreditation agency.  AdvancED is an international protocol for institutions committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement.

All Craven County Schools were required to assess themselves on five standards (Purpose and Direction, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Assessing for Learning, Resources and Support Systems, and Continuous Improvement) categorized in three domains (Leadership Capacity, Teaching and Learning Impact, and Resource Utilization).  School leadership teams completed an analysis of  student performance data and stakeholder feedback data.  District staff simultaneously completed the same documentation to provide a comprehensive view of Craven County Schools.

One component of our internal review included the analysis of over 13,000 third through twelfth grade students, parents, and staff using either online or paper/pencil surveys in October 2016.  Throughout all of the surveys, the themes of high expectations of students and a focus on student success were evident.  Stakeholders also recognized building quality relationships, increasing parental involvement, and improving tangible resources as priorities for improvement.

An External Review Team of six educators from AdvancED visited Craven County Schools during April 9-12, 2017 to analyze and evaluate the documentation submitted by the schools and district.

As part of their analysis, the External Review Team visited 12 schools and observed 74 classrooms.  The team members documented their evidence using the Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (eleot™).  The overall ratings for each of the 7 learning environments (equitable learning, high expectations, supportive learning, active learning, progress monitoring and feedback, well-managed learning, and digital learning environment) were above the average of schools in the AdvancED Network.  Additionally, the team interviewed over 300 students, staff, families, and community members as a part of their analysis.

The External Review Team analyzed and evaluated all of the data and provided valuable feedback and noted several themes in their exit report.  They found Craven County Schools exhibited the following themes:  sense of family, supportive school board, a spirit of collaboration, strong community connections, system and school leadership focused on excellence and alignment of grants with system’s purpose.

Accreditation is important to the citizens of Craven County.  The successful process ensures a standard of quality among the schools within Craven County as well as schools around the world.  Accreditation ensures academic excellence is required for all students.

A final report from AdvancED will be available once the recommendation for accreditation has been approved.  The report will be posted on Craven County’s website.



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