Governor Cooper tours Pactolus school

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper visited a school in Pitt County on Thursday.

Governor Cooper toured the Pactolus Global School today as part of his “The Year of Public Schools” education tour.

The governor was joined by teachers, students, local and state education leaders, and local elected officials on the tour as he looked at work being done at Pactolus Global and Pitt County’s public schools.

The governor is using the tour to highlight the ways that he says public education is strengthening North Carolina’s communities.

“There is amazing work being done right here at Pactolus Global and in public schools across the state to offer students a high-quality education from cradle to career,” said Governor Cooper. “We must continue to fight for improved teacher pay and other meaningful investments in public education. I encourage North Carolinians to reach out to candidates running for office, legislators, and elected officials to ask them to fully fund our state’s public schools.”

Local leaders also touted the school and public education.

“This school is rich in both culture and opportunity,” said Pactolus Global School Principal Kimberly Lucas. “Every day I watch my teachers give everything that they have to these students, and they do it with love and enthusiasm. Public educators are the real heroes.”

According to the governor’s office, 85% of school-aged children in Pitt County, with a graduation rate countywide of 82%. In 2023, North Carolina public school students earned more than 325,000 workforce credentials while in high school. Over 6,000 of those workforce credentials were earned by Pitt County students

“Truly amazing what teachers do with our students,” said Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker. “It doesn’t always get measured, but we can see walking around this school and we have a whole lot of schools just like this in Pitt County, that do amazing things with students and get great accomplishments and great results, that don’t always show up with a one letter grade system.”

North Carolina has the most National Board-certified teachers in the nation which is one of the highest recognitions teachers can earn. In Pitt County, 138 teachers are National Board-certified.