A nine-year-old girl in North Carolina came to the rescue when her bus driver suffered a heart attack. According to Queen City News, Rowan County school bus driver Rita Sturdivant woke up feeling ill one morning in December, but didn’t let that stop her from doing the job she loves. “That morning when I got up, I did not feel like going to work,” she recalled, “But I went anyway.”
After finishing her first route and picking up a few students for her second run in Salisbury, the 72-year-old realized that she wasn’t going to be able to continue, so she pulled the bus over and turned on the hazard blinkers. She then called over the oldest and most responsible child on the bus, nine-year-old Rylie Miclette. Sturdivant had Rylie use her radio to call for help.
When no one answered over the radio, Sturdivant asked the fourth grader to use her cell phone to call the school and Sturdivant’s daughter. Overton Elementary School principal Marae Reid and Sturdivant’s daughter arrived a few minutes later. Reid stayed with the students while their bus driver was taken to the hospital, where they soon discovered she’d had a heart attack.
Rita Sturdivant is now on the road to recovery and plans to return to work. She says she’s forever bonded to the student who helped save her life. “She did all she could for me, and I am so grateful to Rylie to this day,” she says. And Rylie feels the same way, saying, “I love Ms. Sturdivant, and I’m happy that I helped her.”
50 North Carolina School Districts Ranked Best To Worst
Choosing the right school for your child can feel like the most important decision in the world. It’s certainly a factor in where you purchase a home. In our area, even the county you choose to settle in can be heavily influenced by school districts. Or should you just shell out the big bucks for private school education? How can you set your child up for success? So many parents stress about these decisions for years and years. Good thing Niche.com is here to help with rankings of schools and universities across the country. They recently released their 2023 rankings of schools. This includes K-12 as well as higher education. You can play around with the filters and view the rankings based on a variety of factors. Your child will only stay at a school for a few years but will be in a district for up to 12. So which North Carolina school districts are the best? Let’s find out.
The 2023 Best School Districts ranking is based on a rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.
If you’re struggling with where to send your child to school hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. These are the top 50 North Carolina school districts ranked from best to worst: