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ECPS + Rocky Mount survey

The following survey is being offered by Edgecombe County Public Schools.

The purpose of this survey is to elevate the voices of people who would be most impacted by the transition of Edgecombe County students who reside in the city of Rocky Mount into Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS). We want to know your thoughts, concerns, and BIG ideas regarding the demerger. We aim to design from a place that is deeply grounded in the lived experiences, perspectives, and context of our broader community

As a school district, ECPS is committed to ensuring an equitable education for all of our students and families — we want everyone to have what they need to thrive in life.  We are also committed to doing our work in an equitable way — ensuring that no voices are left out or minimized. As we plan for a potential county line transition, this is especially important. In this survey, we are asking for you to share a little about your background so we can tell whose voices we still need to hear from to ensure the best possible transition for students in the east Rocky Mount community.

It will take about 15 minutes to complete the survey. The survey has an anonymous option if you do not wish to disclose this information. 

The survey consists of statements about schools for you to indicate your level of agreement. Parents may choose to fill out the survey multiple times for each of the schools their children attend.

Before you take the survey, here is some background information.


What is the “demerger?” 

Edgecombe County pays Nash County to support the education of students who live on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount, but attend Nash County Public Schools (NCPS). This was an arrangement made in 1992. We are exploring the possibility of bringing these students into Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) in the future. This change is called a “demerger” or a “county line transition” because the students in Rocky Mount-Edgecombe would transition from the NCPS to ECPS.

Who does it impact? 

This affects approximately 2,000 students currently enrolled in NCPS. Any student living in Edgecombe County would transition to attending school in ECPS.

When would this happen? 

We are reviewing options and gathering community input through June 2022. If the result is a decision to demerge, we anticipate that would happen over the course of 1-2 years.


We are grateful for the time you are dedicating to complete the survey.

Donnell Cannon

Donnell Cannon is the Executive Director of District Transformation and Redesign for Edgecombe County Public Schools. A 2012 alumnus of Teach For America-Eastern North Carolina, he taught social studies at Weldon Middle School. While there, he served as a grade level department chair and representative of the School Improvement Team. Cannon completed his Principal Residency at Southeast Halifax High School, prior to being named principal of North Edgecombe High School in 2016.