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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The school board race went to the Republicans on Election Night.

First-time candidates Lisa Estep and Tammy Covil will join 12-year incumbent Jeannette Nichols to make up a board completely comprised of Republicans.

“I think that we were probably most vocal on neighborhood schools and on the positive tracks we want to take,” said Estep.

Now, with the makeup of the board shifting, some are wondering if changes could be coming to their child’s school.

“Parents overwhelmingly want the ability to send their children to the school that’s closest to their home,” said Covil.

“You should be able to go to the school closest to you if at all possible,” said Estep

Estep and Covil have very vocally supported neighborhood schools, but though they say that it should be the first option available to students and parents, they do not necessarily think it has to be the only option.

“Title I schools or low-income families who struggle with helping their children- We do need to address that,” said Covil.

“If they don’t choose to want to be in that neighborhood for whatever reason then they need another option,” said Estep.

While Estep does not see any changes in the near future, she believes the board’s view is united.

“I do believe that all of the current board members and the new board members are in agreement that neighborhood schools are what we need to be doing and continuing,” said Estep.

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4 Comments on "Estep, Covil talk NHCS redistricting"

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree with you except that I support neighborhood schools. The problem with this new board is they will continue the old practice of diverting resources from urban schools to more affluent suburban schools. My solution would be to equalize the financial resources and rotate the academic teaching staff between all the schools to maintain education quality equally among the schools.

2015 years 10 months ago

Hip Hip Hoorayy!
Welcome back racial segregation.
Goodbye cultural/economic diversity.
Good luck getting equal fiscal support across the county.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wow! It didn’t take long after the election for our new school board members to begin talking about it and neighborhood schools. I will support them in this effort after they move from their lilly white neighborhoods and into the inner city. There is plenty of room at Virgo and the teaching staff is excellent. Maybe you can even swap houses with someone in the inner city so their kids can experience diversity and neighborhood schools. So why don’t you walk the walk besides talking the talk that leads us to segregation. Btw, if your child does not walk or ride a bike to school, guess what, it is not a neighborhood school.

2015 years 10 months ago

for you to even make that comment you are as much of a loser as she is. Look at the bright side she can spend plenty of time with Nick Rhodes now! When you people don’t get what you want you hollee racism. Get over it she is gone and she can take that cheesy award that she got and trash it.


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