Parents react to Pitt County Schools closing for teachers march

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Classes at Pitt County Schools are canceled on May 1.

Pitt County Schools joins more than a dozen other districts in our state canceling classes.

This is in response to the planned teacher rally in Raleigh happening on the first day of May.

District leaders decided to close Pitt County Schools after the number of leave requests for that day reached a critical level.

9 On Your Side spoke with parents Thursday to see what they think.

“Teachers go through a lot, and if you never worked in the school system, you don’t know all the things that the teachers have to go through,” Lillian Kornegay said.

Kornegay is a former PCS substitute teacher.

She also has three great-grandchildren attending PCS.

“The teachers go through a lot with the students,” Kornegay said. “A lot of the students just you know they are not there to learn and teachers have to go through a lot. I don’t see anything wrong with them attending the march, because I feel the teachers should be paid more money than they are paid in North Carolina. I don’t feel the teachers should have to pull supplies for the students that they should have to pay for that.” 

Other parents said the day off is a bit chaotic for some families.

“I have three boys and they all go to Pitt, two are in middle and one is in elementary school,” Racheal Gibbs said. “I am a stay at home mom so it is not that bad, but my sister-in-law has eight kids and they all go to Pitt schools, so it is a little bit harder on her because she does work and she has to take care of the kids.” 

Some argue that the day should have been planned on a weekend or during the summer when school would not be impacted, but others say that defeats the purpose.

“If you do it on a weekend, how much effect is it going to have?” Parent Demetrus Barrett asked. “You know, you protest when it needs to be done because they will see that this is affecting us and they will say, ‘hey this is something we need to look into.'” 

Kornegay said she hopes the day off gets teachers results.

“I hope that with the teachers going to Raleigh, they will get the support and get more funding in the schools because they really need it.”

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