Pitt Co. group takes leaders on school tours to promote county growth

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pitt County group is focusing on the public school system as a way to grow the county, and their goals are just like those of an economic developer — they want to build the area.

Pitt County’s Parents for Public Schools host a series of school tours during which various community leaders walk the halls at a number of county schools where they hear from principals, teachers and students.

“When folks are thinking about moving to Greenville, one of their first questions is tell me about the school options,” said Kylene Dibble, Parents for Public Schools.

Dibble said people who deal with newcomers need to know about area schools, which why legislators, School Board members and Vidant recruiters spent Thursday’s lunch break at Eastern Elementary for a tour.

“A lot of times there are parents that have children, and they want to know about the school system so it’s a great opportunity to be able to share everything with them,” said Doug Harrison, a recruiter with Vidant.

Dibble said the best way to know something is to experience it first-hand.

“If you’re able to walk in the school walls, you’re going to see something that a website or a picture simply couldn’t show you,” Dibble said.

“When we’re able to give these tours to the community leaders, then they’re able to spread the word to people who are thinking about moving here and then our community continues to grow,” Dibble said.

When the community grows, the school systems benefit as well.

“(It) just provides additional partnerships that we can create; additional jobs for our students in the future,” said Robert Johnson, Eastern Elementary’s principal.

It’s a win for everyone, and who wouldn’t want to go back to elementary school for a day?

“It was a lot of fun,” said Harrison. “A lot of fun.”

Parents for Public Schools hosted a number of tours this fall.

During the spring, they’ll open the tours up to families.

You can contact the group on their website.

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