• 73°

School superintendents discuss mental health concerns

The number one professional development need in schools in the northeastern counties “is support for how to handle the range of mental health issues in our classrooms,” Dr. Will Hoffman, Tyrrell Schools superintendent said 13 northeast region superintendents agreed unanimously in a recent survey.

In the 13 school districts in the northeast region, Dr. Hoffman reported, there are 55,000 students in 117 schools with 30 psychologists, and one school counselor for every 350 students. There is one school social worker for each 1,650 students, with two districts having no school social workers.

Ten of the 13 districts report that, due to a lack of funding and a lack of mental health service providers, they contract with no other service providers.

Superintendents are partnering with East Carolina University in Greenville and Elizabeth City State University to develop opportunities for additional training for teachers, counselors, social workers and administrators to address this issue, the superintendent stated.

“Tyrrell County Schools was fortunate this year to gain a school social worker in a partnership with the County Commission who saw the need, along with the Board of Education, for early intervention with issues of abuse, neglect and trauma,” Dr. Hoffman stated.

Crime

Uber driver charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting customer in North Carolina

News

Convenience store stop for gas, hot dog and scratch-off tickets yields $200,000 prize for North Carolina man

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to over 17 years in prison for stabbing detention center guard

News

Kitty Hawk trail connector a team effort

News

Former North Carolina Rep. Melanie Goodwin remembered as a trailblazer

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for ammunition charge

Business

COA receives donation from Paul Mann Custom Boats, Inc.

Business

Willie Mae Overton celebrated for 60 years with Elizabeth City hospital

Lifestyles

Dare County holding back to school COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Lifestyles

Christmas in July event coming to Kill Devil Hills

News

Dare County update on COVID-19

Crime

NC court rules magistrate can be sued for damages over misdirected commitment paperwork

News

Bodies of two missing men from reported helicopter crash recovered

News

Coast Guard suspends search for missing men from reported helicopter crash

News

Willets on the water’s edge

Crime

Suspect in North Carolina shooting charged with murder after victim dies

Lifestyles

Auditions set for The Lost Colony’s Virginia Dare baby role

News

Kill Devil Hills recognizes members of community for years of service

News

Dare Planning Board uses new rules

News

North Carolina jobless rate falls for ninth straight month

Crime

North Carolina man charged with murder in woman’s shooting death

News

Helicopter crash reported in Albemarle Sound, search is on for two people

News

Dare Task Force for NC 12 not meeting Wednesday

News

Dare OPEB trust meeting set