Visitors often ask about our small island school. Classes resume today with four new teachers -- Gill Williams (counselor), Stephen Wolfe (high school math teacher), Ann Borland (media assistant), and Claudia Moote (pre-kindergarten teacher). We welcome these new members of our community.
Ocracoke school is served by a total of 20 teachers, 3 instructional assistants, a SIMS coordinator, a guidance counselor, a maintenance worker, a secretary, and a principal. 119 students are enrolled this year, in grades K through 12.
Ocracoke school often faces unusual challenges. This year, from January 1 to the middle of March, all seven of the bridges between the campground and the pony pen will be replaced, and the road will be closed (click here for more information). The park service plans to open a beach access ramp near the pony pen. During this time the athletes, coaches, & parents will need to use the beach when going to, and returning from, four games.
Parents and other community members will be enlisted to carry students and coaches along this section in their four wheel drive vehicles. This is just one more reminder of the unique challenges we face living on Ocracoke island.
This month's newsletter is a story of Captain Joe Burrus, last Ocracoke lighthouse keeper before the beacon was electrified and automated. You can read it here.