Public education discussions around Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson of the Carteret County Schools in NC. Consider this a live document centered around current issues and future issues that the superintendent might face in his tenure with our schools.
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September 24, 2020: Dr. Jackson met with the Carteret County Board of Education during a special meeting and gave recommendations for the district to transition to 5 day a week in-classroom learning for area elementary schools grades kindergarten through 5th grade. The superintendent noted that this transition will take place immediately allowing for students to begin classroom learning on October 19, 2020. However, Dr. Jackson maintained that parents will still have the option for 100% virtual instruction if they choose.
When asked about area middle schools and high schools, the superintendent offered his thoughts that those schools are currently being looked at for opening full-time as well and he believes that they will open sooner rather than later under the guidance of the NC governor’s executive decisions.
Dr. Jackson is a native of North Carolina and served students, parents, and teachers in public education for more than 25 years. For the past 6 years, he served as the superintendent for the Edenton-Chowan Schools. Additionally, he served in the Union County Schools for 12 years, of which 10 of those years were in the position as a high school and elementary principal. Two of the 12 years he served as the Chief Communications Officer. Prior to his Union County service, he was a teacher with the Buncombe County Schools where he started out as a school secretary and summer school custodian.
Dr. Jackson served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged, then received his Associate’s Degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College before transferring to Western Carolina University to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s Degree in School Administration. From there, he achieved his Educational Specialist Degree and a Doctorate of Education from Wingate University in Wingate, NC.
Dr. Jackson began his tenure at the Carteret County School in July of 2020 after the resignation of Mat Bottoms.
School Concerns We See The New Superintendent Inheriting
- All issues related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the start of a new school year in August 2020. Working with area principals, teachers, the school board, and healthcare officials on delivering a quality education to all students while maintaining safety and health for everyone.
- Funding, or closing the early college MaST program.
- School infrastructure concerns and dealing with an explosive population growth over the next 10 years requiring considerable upgrades to existing school and possibly building new schools to meet the new population needs.
- Repairs to existing schools after hurricanes Florence and Dorian.
- Navigating hyper-partisan politics in Carteret County.
As it relates to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, either as a student, parent, teacher, or other staff member, what comments do you want to deliver on this issue?
As it relates to the early college MaST program, either as a student, parent, or teacher, what information do you want the new superintendent to know?
As it relates to existing school infrastructure, repairs, and upgrades, what constructive and helpful information do you want to discuss?
As it relates to the projected increase in population within Carteret County NC and possibly having to fund new schools being built, what information do you want the new superintendent to understand?
As it relates to hyper-partisan politics that often causes historical division within central office administrators, teachers, parents, students, politicians, and the local school board, what advice can you give the new superintendent?
Do you agree with the superintendent’s decision to open the elementary schools on October 19, 2020?
What are some other concerns or information that we did not touch on in this article that you think the Carteret County Schools are currently facing, or will face in the near future, that Dr. Rob Jackson, other central office administrators and school board members will be tasked to solve?
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