New academy gets donation
The Ellison Foundation of Greensboro has donated $1 million in start-up money for the new “advantage” middle school that will open in August at Welborn Middle School.
Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green announced the donation during his “State of the Schools” presentation last week. The STEM Early College at North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University reached its $1 million fundraising goal. As many as 20 businesses and groups contributed to the school. The district’s speciality academies have been popular in the business community.
Green’s new Strategic Plan 2016 emphasizes programs in science, technology, engineering and math.
“We need to emphasize STEM so our students can compete in a global environment,” Green said last week during a visit to Montlieu Academy of Technology.
The preparatory academy will open at Welborn Middle School Academy of Science and Technology this fall with 100 fifth graders, district leaders decided last month because the $12 million in renovations needed for the vacant Allen Jay Middle School campus have not yet begun. The new academy will offer special programs and a longer school day and year. Green earlier said the Allen Jay campus may not be ready until January 2014.
Green said the new magnet probably will open with a reduced staff because the school was scheduled to open with 200 students. Kevin Wheat is principal.
Green also announced these developments:
• The district will open a six-week summer program this year to help elementary school students improve their reading skills. Improving literacy is a top district goal and is aimed at all children meeting grade level expectations by third grade.
• The United Way of North Carolina awarded Pearce Elementary and the district the Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence. The award recognizes commitment to community through local United Way involvement.
Space: With an enrollment of slightly less than 500 and a capacity for 1,000 students, Welborn Middle School has room for the 100 fifth graders who will attend the new “preparatory academy” that will move to the Allen Jay Middle School campus when renovations are finished.
Program: Teachers will use strategies similar to those in the Knowledge is Power Program schools and the Ron Clark Academy which focus on literacy and college preparation, with an emphasis on structure and positive reinforcement.