The decision has been made.
John Westberg, executive director of North East Carolina Prep, made it official Wednesday and said the former Mary Frances Center had been chosen to be the location of Edgecombe County’s first charter school.
“It’s more suitable for what we need long-term,” he said in comparison to the second site studied, the Riverside Plaza. “There is room for expansion and there is also room for an athletic field. The school site will be there for the remainder of its existence. That was the key element of selecting it. We wanted to get a long-term site where we could develop over the course of the next five to 10 years.”
The developmental process of the project will consist of three phases. During a two-year Phase I, renovation of the existing building will take place in order to complete classroom settings. Phase II will mark the construction of the middle school building and Phase III will be the construction of a high school.
An athletic field, gymnasium and auditorium will be constructed in-between the three-phase period.
The school is projected to begin its 2012-2013 academic school year on Aug. 1. If renovations cannot be finished for the start of school, Westberg said sites would be provided for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade for backup classrooms. Each passing year, he said, the school will add another grade level until it becomes a full K-12 school.
The Mary Frances Center, located off Howard Ave. Extension, closed its doors in July 2011. The nonprofit facility was built on 52 acres of land in 1988 and had provided substance abuse services for non-violent female offenders since 1995.
The center is under contract through HighMark School Development, a Utah-based charter school developer that seeks to facilitate the development of modern, efficient, and functional charter school facilities across the nation, according to its website.
HighMark is completing the preparation for leasing the property. Westberg said the anticipated closing would take place by the end of the month.
“We are very excited about choosing the property for the future of the prep school,” he said. “Having the elementary, middle and high schools located (in close proximity) on one campus is cost effective. They (students) can share staff and will be able to share other facilities like the athletic field, the auditorium and the gymnasium.”
The decision has been made.
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Gas prices in Tarboro lower than state average
With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner, travelers on U.S. 64 exiting into Tarboro could discover some of the cheapest gas in North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Murphy Express reported the cheapest gas at $3.35 while Hadi's, Raceway and Hess prices were one cent higher.
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14-Under softball tryout
The Tarboro Parks and Recreation Department and Edgecombe County Girls Softball League will be having tryouts for 14-under girls fast-pitch softball Wednesday, May 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Farmington Park in Rocky Mount. The is located at 319 Wellington Dr. There will also be a tryout Thursday, May 30 at Indian Lake Sports Complex on field 1 in Tarboro from 6 - 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 fee for Tarboro residents and a $35 fee for non-residents. For more information call the sports complex at 641-4202, Kathy Webb 252-813-4697 or Jamie Lindsey 252-883-0883 or email@example.com.
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My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
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Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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CURTIS LEE DAVIS
PRINCEVILLE — Curtis Lee Davis, 60, died Sunday, May 19, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church (2225 N.C. Hwy 97 East) with burial in the Morning Family Cemetery.
Arrangements under direction of Dickens Funeral Service.
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Edgecombe Events May 24
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Edgecombe Garden Club honors members
The Edgecombe Garden Club met May 1 for their noon luncheon at the Fountains of the Albemarle. After President Pauline Nicolosi greeted everyone, Sandra Joyner, Devotion Chairman, read “Torch” which was about our tongues torching good or evil.
Hostess Barbara Getzug described her specially designed flower arrangement of mock orange, snowball, purple columbine, and many varieties of roses. President Pauline, Hostesses Gloria Wall and Louise Fleming did the table arrangements. They contained wiegelia, azalea, ivy, mock orange, and ligustrum.
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