Thursday, May 19, 2022

Dr. Jackson reports on the state of county schools during a CCRSP meeting

morehead city -Doctor. Carteret County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Jackson addressed the Carteret County Retired School Personnel (CCRSP) at the Sagebrush restaurant last month on the state of the schools.

Dr Jackson, a talented ambassador for the school system, pointed to the obstacles posed by a storm and the onslaught of COVID-19 and its forms. Many adjustments were made as everyone came to know about how to feed the children and how to complete the learning process, whether at school, at home or in combination with home and school. Test scores show that scores are up and that Carteret County Schools are meeting expectations at every level.

Dr. Jackson spoke of the “greatest generation” who saw the Spanish flu, poverty and war. He sees the second coming of the eldest generation. He spoke briefly about his own journey into the education profession, starting from the bottom up as a school secretary and summer mentor, to becoming a superintendent in one of the best school systems in the state of North Carolina, as Was reported by US News and World Report.

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Former school board president Cathy Neagle reports at the North Carolina Retired School Personnel Area 7B meeting, including the PAC (Committee of Political Action), which will be given to candidates who support the Retirees Living Adjustment (COLA). Any candidate asking for money must answer a questionnaire in order to be considered. However, if a person wants money to go to a particular candidate, he should send the money to the candidate as he cannot be selected by the PAC.

In addition, from Mrs. Neagle’s report, NC House Speaker Tim Moore helped secure 2% and 3% bonuses for retirees. NC Representative Pat McElraft and NC Sen. Norman Sanderson have both confirmed that they also supported the measure. The current CCRSP mission is to secure a COLA for retired school personnel, an economic need that has not been met in five years.

CCRSP offers generous future teachers’ scholarships. To date, the group has given $107,500 in scholarships since 2012. Scholarship winners will be announced in June. Any future applicants should visit https://www.nccommunityfoundation.org/ for CCRSP Scholarships.

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CCRSP also has volunteers who donate their time and talent. Nancy Ustach of Carteret County was recognized as the 7B Top Volunteer for 2021 at the Region 7B Meeting. He donated 1,195 hours of his time at $28.54 an hour for a total value of $34,105.30. He is the CCRSP Top Volunteer for 2021.

Meg Bradford, June Merrill, Mrs. Neagle, Julia Thorne and Jackie Wooten are voting rights delegates at the North Carolina Retired School Personnel’s virtual state convention.

The slate of new officials for the new term 2022-2024 is as follows: President Julia Thorne, Vice President George Barbella, Secretary Cathy Day-Kettel and Treasurer Mary Hurst.

CCRSP will meet again at No Name Pizza in Morehead City on June 14 at 11:30 a.m. for scholarships and awards. Honors and prizes will be given.

To join CCRSP, contact Meg Bradford at mjbradfo2@gmail.com, June Merrell at Circlemfarms@mac.com, or Julia Thorne at julia1@stanfordalumni.org.

As Mrs. Neagle, former CCRSP chair, says, “Together we are stronger.”

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