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LCPS turns to survey to improve school system

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KINSTON, N.C. - Public schools are increasingly trying to compete with alternative education and for Lenoir County, school officials are turning to the community for help.

While public schools across the East are aware and support the choice of education, administrators in Lenoir County are looking at it as an opportunity to compete.

With about 2,800 kids in Lenoir County Public Schools; administrators, teachers and parents want to make sure each student is getting every opportunity possible.

"We can do some things differently in our schools here to prepare students better for the future,” said parent, Susan McKnight.

McKnight is one of nearly a thousand community members who have filled out a survey put out by the school district. She has two boys who attend Northwest Elementary School in Kinston.

"They are learning at a much faster rate these days and they're being prepared for what the world is going to be like so we've got to be ready and we've got to be getting them ready for that," said McKnight.

The survey is available for all community members with or without kids.

"The future of Lenoir County is based on the education of our students,” said Associate Superintendent, Diane Lynch. “We want our students to be able to stay in Lenoir County and we want them to be able to have jobs that they have skills for so it's very important that our business leaders and our community members who provide these jobs have a say in what our children are exposed to."

With so many options for education, administrators what to know how they can compete.

"We want to be able to offer our parents and students what they want in the public schools without them having to go to some of the other choices,” said Superintendent, Steve Mazingo.

For the McKnight family, Susan says she’d like to see more Kindergarten through 8th grade options as well as career academies.

"All of those different, and many, many more ways, I'd love for my boys and all the students here to have that kind of opportunity,” said McKnight.

The survey is available until the end of the month and administrators hope to start implementing changes next year.

Residents of Lenoir County can click here to take the survey or pick one up in any of the schools or the LCPS administration office.

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