Princeville school to re-open in December

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Princeville Elementary School stands abandoned in the aftermath of flooding.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

TARBORO — It will likely be almost another year before Princeville Elementary School students will be able to return to their home school, Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Valerie Bridges told members of the school board Monday.

During the regular January meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education, Bridges said the school district is still in the bid stages for construction on the renovations to Princeville Elementary School and a Professional Development Building. The school board plans to hear from an architect either at the meeting in February or at a special called meeting before then to learn more details about the plan and the time frame for construction.

“Even if we were able to get started in February or March, it will still likely be December before we can get into the school,” Bridges said. “We will likely be setting up the classrooms over the holiday break.”

Princeville Elementary School students have been meeting in the old Bridgers Building in Tarboro since it was severely damaged in October 2016 as a result of flooding associated with Hurricane Matthew. Bridges said that roughly 220 students now attend the school.

In other business, the school board approved applications for two grant projects that will submitted by principals in the coming months.

Lauren Lampron, principal of W.A. Patillo Middle School, is applying for an East Carolina University Using Biofeedback Breathing to Improve Social and Emotional Learning Grant. If approved, the grant would allow the use of non-invasive finger clips that measure heart rate, pulse and heart rate variability as students engage in training programs to teach them to use biofeedback to “build a positive stress response system and positive coping skills,” according to the grant application.

The purpose of the grant  is to “initiate a pilot study to show improvements in social-emotional health and executive functions like the ability to focus, self-regulate and manage thoughts, feelings and behavior,” the grant application states. The grant would be funded by a private family foundation which would pay ECU directly for the materials and staff necessary for the program.

Bridges said the grant is consistent with the district goals.

“We have spent a lot of time over the past year or so really drilling down into social-emotional learning,” Bridges said.

Kelsey Ballard, the principal of G.W. Bulluck Elementary School, gained approval from the school board Monday night to launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise $2,487 to buy 10 iPads for the school. 

“Our Learning Commons is in need of up-to-date technology to make it more learning and interactive for our students,” Ballard said in the grant application request. “I am hoping we will be awarded this grant so that students can utilize this learning tool very soon.”

The grant request should appear soon on the donorschoose.org website where anyone can contribute to the cost of the project, said Susan Hoke, communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools.