Tim Markley on how schools will grow, launch new programs and meet the challenges of 2017-18.
What’s new for New Hanover County Schools in 2017-18?
New Hanover County Schools will open its new career-technical education high school — SEA-Tech — on Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus with approximately 55 freshmen on Monday, Aug. 14.
Blair and College Park elementary schools will be in their temporary school locations, as their new school facilities are constructed on their home sites. Blair students will be relocated to the newly-constructed Porters Neck Elementary School, located off of Edgewater Club Road, and College Park students will attend school at the Sidbury Road Complex.
In addition, Hoggard and Laney high schools’ performance gyms will open. These new facilities are the finished products of the 2014 bond dollars at work.
We welcome six new principals to the district for the new school year: Rachel Manning, Snipes Academy of Arts & Design; Karen McCarty, College Road Early Childhood Education Center; Rob Morgan, New Hanover High School; Edith Skipper, SEA-Tech; Dionne Sturdivant, Howe Pre-K Center; Kate Tayloe, Alderman Elementary School.
What should parents know about the district’s two newest schools: SEA-TECH and Porter’s Neck Elementary?
South East Area-Tech High School (SEA-Tech) is a one-of-kind school, not only for the county, but for the region. It will offer students an opportunity to get a jump-start on their career planning and be prepared to expand upon their education or enter the work force upon graduation. With today’s competitive and growing work force, a CTE-focused high school will be a great asset to the region, as it prepares students for local employers. SEA-Tech students will still be eligible to play athletics at their home high school.
Porters Neck Elementary School will serve as the school facility for Blair Elementary for the next three school years –…