“A gem in the rough.”
That’s how Mark Skousen referred to North East Carolina Prep School’s (NECP) newly acquired property, former home to the Mary Frances Center, at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
“When I first drove onto this campus today, I was in awe of the beauty of the surroundings,” said
Skousen, a representative from HighMark School Development, the Utah company that is financing NECP’s property acquisition and renovation/ construction project.
The 52-acre property on Howard Avenue Extension features a duck pond and fountain and offers the new school plenty of room for growth. NECP will move from its temporary facility at the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Ministry Center to the new property in January.
The first phase of the project involves the property acquisition and renovation of the facility, a former substance abuse facility, at a cost of $5.5 million. The second phase involves the construction of a new two-story facility, at a cost of $7 million.
“We were fortunate that a community institution was available. This is a very rare find and an ideal find for a start-up charter school,” said Patrick Beausoleil, another HighMark representative. “HighMark is investing in this school because we truly believe it’s going to change the landscape of education in this region.”
In its first year of operation, NECP has an enrollment of 397 students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The school’s plan is to add a grade level each year, with the ultimate enrollment goal of 2,200 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Othar Woodard, a member of NECP’s board of directors, told the crowd at the groundbreaking that they had the opportunity to be part of what he believes is the “most profound and most important innovation in Edgecombe County in a very long time.”
“This will greatly improve the educational opportunities for our community and provide choice,” he said.
John Westberg, NECP’s executive director, had the vision for Edgecombe County’s first charter school more than a year ago.
“All of you are instrumental in making this happen,” he told the crowd.
“This is an educational alternative. They have embraced a different way of teaching and a different way of learning,” said Jeffery Alejandro, also member of NECP’s board. The public charter school teaches the Common Core curriculum using Multiple Intelligence teaching methods and each student has an individualized education plan, said Taro Knight, NECP’s director of communications/ community outreach.
Alejandro’s wife, Ann, said NECP’s model of “hands-on learning” is perfect for her eighth grade son, Ashton. She said her son is considering doing landscaping on NECP’s new campus for his Eagle Scout project and is thrilled at the possibility of working with farm animals on the property as part of his school curriculum.
“Before he came here, he was really discouraged with school. He didn’t feel like he fit in,” his mother said. “He’s fallen in love with school again. They’ve given him the sense that he truly belongs here. He’s engaged again.”
Charter schools such as NECP are unique in that they allow students to progress at their level, known as “self-paced” learning, said Skousen. Another unique facet of charter schools is that, when done correctly, they give students the “equivalent of a private education for free,” he said.
“It’s a school that lets us be involved,” said Joni Steagall. She said she feels comfortable going into the school and talking with the teachers about her eighth-grade daughter, Sarah Turner’s, education.
“I’m really proud of the faculty,” said Brownie Eidson, chairman of NECP’s board. “They’re engaging the parents, they’re engaging the students. “All of them are energetic and enthusiastic and creative and ready to get in there and teach those kids.”
Jason Smith of HighMark’s technology partner, Classroomsmart Innovative Education, said he had “never seen a more dedicated group” of educators and community members than those who worked to make NECP’s startup a success.
“What you guys have here is something special,” said Smith, adding that the “cutting-edge” technology in NECP would give students “a leg up” in today’s job market, noting that the school will have wireless Internet access and implement technological tools such as iPads.
“A gem in the rough.”
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Dr. Deborah Lamm, president of Edgecombe Community College, received the national ACT Career Preparedness Award on behalf of the college Tuesday. Shown from left to right are Dr. Jon Whitmore, ACT CEO; Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president; Sid Baker, education program specialist, NC Office of the State Superintendent; Dr. Lamm; and Virginia Edwards; editor-in-chief, Education Week.
Edgecombe Community College receives national award
Edgecombe Community College (ECC) received a national award Tuesday night for its efforts to prepare students to be successful in careers and the workplace.
Edgecombe was among four honorees that received national awards in Washington, D.C., during a gala that concluded ACT’s inaugural College and Career Readiness Campaign.
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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 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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