U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) visited Neuse Charter School in Smithfield on Tuesday. This is the second visit from a federal lawmaker to the school in less than four months. U.S. Representative David Rouzer visited the school last Fall.
Burr served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S Senate. Burr, who is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate, is the chairman for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, but he also serves as a member of the Education Committee. This was his first visit to Neuse Charter School.
As Johnston County’s first and only free public charter school, Neuse Charter opened in August 2007 and currently has 860 students in grades K-12, with another 300 on the waiting list.
USDA representatives joined Senator Burr on his tour of the school. The USDA helped Neuse Charter obtain low-interest funding for its current land and new buildings.
“It is exciting to showcase our remarkable school and student body to people at the national level,” said Dr. Julie Jailall, Ed.D, Neuse Charter School executive director. “It is good to see federal lawmakers taking such a strong interest in the charter school movement. I couldn’t think of a better school for them to visit to see how a charter school works than ours.”