Craven Co. leaders meet to talk teacher turnover, K-3 class size requirements


NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) –  Craven County Schools are trying to deal with teacher turnover and class size issues, topics the Craven County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education discussed at a special meeting Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Meghan Doyle started things off with how the current state legislation for class size requirements is affecting them.

“We actually took some steps this past school year to make sure that we reduce class size in one number in each of the grades below what the requirement was for the current year,” said Doyle.

Doyle said they want to continue to move in that direction so they stay a year ahead.

But Board of Education Chairman David Hale says that poses another question

“It does involve hiring more teachers, and that is one of which biggest concerns,” said Hale. “Do we have the facilities the classroom space?”

In figures shown at Monday’s meeting, Craven County has the highest teacher turnover rate.

The top reason for turnover was because teachers wanted to teach in another N.C. public school system.

Doyle said they want to make sure teachers have all they need to make a difference here.

“Not just for curriculum resources although that’s very important technological resources how they are teaching as well as tools and professional development,” she said.

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