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NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: FEBRUARY 22, 2010

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VISIT HALIFAX COUNTY SCHOOLS; BOARD TO HOLD ITS MONTHLY MEETING AT WILLIAM R. DAVIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The State Board of Education will hold its March 3-4 meeting in Halifax County, providing an opportunity for Board members to visit several schools in the county and to meet with local education leaders, community leaders and citizens.

A community reception will be held on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:15-5:45 p.m. at William R. Davie Middle School, 4391 Highway 158, Roanoke Rapids. Immediately following the reception there will be an hour-long question and answer session for State Board of Education members and members of the community. Individuals who would like to speak during the question and answer segment will be asked to sign in at the event site.

The Board will begin its activities in Halifax County with a tour of Aurelian Springs Elementary, 10536 Highway 48, Littleton, at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3. At 10 a.m., it will begin its regular monthly committee meetings at Davie Middle School. Members will tour that school at lunchtime. Committee meetings are expected to end at approximately 4 p.m. that day.

On Thursday, March 4, Board members will tour Southeast Halifax High School, 16683 Highway 125, Halifax, at 8:30 a.m. The Board's formal meeting will be at Davie Middle beginning at 10:30 a.m. The formal meeting is where the Board takes action on recommendations provided by its committees. A full agenda of the Board's March meeting will be posted online this week at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/ .

The State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction have been formally involved in Halifax County Schools since a May 2009 consent order of the Wake County Superior Court. Since that time, a team of educators and state education leaders has worked directly with Halifax County educators to address needs of the school system and its teachers and students.

For more information about the State Board's Halifax County visit, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction's Communications division at 919-807-3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.