Pitt Co. BOE continues open enrollment discussion

Pitt Co. BOE continues open enrollment discussion (Image 1)

Happening Monday, Pitt County’s Board of Education may decide if students should sit out from athletics for a year if they use open enrollment to change high schools.

The board took some heat at last month’s meeting after recently declaring JH Rose would have “open enrollment” status.
Board members told WNCT 9 On Your Side they made the move for academic reasons since Rose has more AP and Honors classes. But some members say they think “athletics” ruled the decision.
The school is at risk of losing its 4A status, because of enrollment numbers.
The athletic directors of several schools showed up to last month’s meeting.

“Open enrollment at JH Rose also creates and inequitable athletic environment in Pitt County that opens the door for recruitment of players,” commented Brent Wooten.

“My intent here just like I said at the other board meeting is all about the academics,” explained Mary Blount-Williams.

At last month’s meeting, the board postponed the motion for a one-year moratorium.

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