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WCPS applauds State Board of Education approval of Restart Application

On January 10, the North Carolina Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s Restart application for Carver Heights Elementary. While a number of reforms have been put in place since its original application was submitted to the State Board in late October, the remainder of this academic year will serve as a planning year with 2019-2020 school year being the first full year of Restart implementation. 

“I am elated about the State Board’s decision,” states Dr. Patrice Faison, principal. “Since November, my teachers have stepped up to the challenge of implementing powerful changes that will turn our school around. While there is still much work to be done, it is validating that our efforts have garnered the support of both the North Carolina General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Through both the Board’s and the legislature’s actions over the past few weeks, Carver Heights now has the opportunity to prove to everyone that our students and staff have the ability to do great things.”

Under recently passed legislation, the North Carolina General Assembly allowed the Wayne County Board of Education to apply to the State Board of Education to adopt a restart model for the operation of Carver Heights Elementary.  That legislation also repealed the requirement that the State Board of Education select at least two schools to transfer to the Innovative School District (ISD) no later than the 2019-2020 school year.

“Yesterday’s decision was a vote of confidence in the ongoing school improvement efforts currently in place at Carver Heights Elementary,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, superintendent. “I would be remiss if I did not thank our local delegation and the bi-partisan support for Carver Heights Elementary, together with our State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction. The recent legislative changes gave the State Board of Education the legal ability to accept our Restart application and to allow Wayne County Public Schools to retain local control of the school as we work to improve its academic trajectory.”

On Tuesday, January 15 at 9:30 AM, Carver Heights Elementary will host members of the local delegation, including NC House Majority Leader, John R. Bell, IV and NC Senator Don Davis. The two were instrumental in crafting the special legislation specific to Carver Heights Elementary. Each will have prepared comments to share with the school, invited guests, and attending news media.

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