Superintendent Sit-Down: Bladen County Schools


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor stopped by Good Morning Carolina on Tuesday to discuss current issues in the school district.

It’s been over a year and a half since Hurricane Matthew left devastation and flooding behind in our area and especially in Bladen County. Taylor said there was some damage to the schools but most of it was in the community with students and their families being displaced. He said in the time that’s passed, the area has been able to recover from it.

As for enrollment in schools, Taylor explained, despite the fact that NC-87 goes into Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, the school district has not seen a lot of change with the Fort Bragg base realignment plan.

When asked about the greatest challenge for Bladen County Schools, Taylor named finances as the top challenge. He noted that county commissioners do an excellent job providing for the district; however he said it is still a struggle.

Tomorrow, thousands of teachers across North Carolina plan to take off school to rally at the state capitol. While New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties will close school for the day because of the amount of teachers taking off, Bladen County Schools will operate as normal. Taylor addressed the planned rally and said he supports the teachers traveling to Raleigh.

“We support the teachers and their effort. One of the things that we have to do is make a committed investment to education in North Carolina so we applaud teachers for taking that effort,” Taylor said. “When teachers make a grassroots movement such as this, we need to take the opportunity to listen”.

Over the next few days, we are sitting down with the other superintendents from our area on Good Morning Carolina.

Pender Co. Schools Superintendent Steven Hill is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. New Hanover Co. Schools Superintendent Tim Markley is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.

We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com.

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