Northwood pitches STEAM program to school board (DOCUMENT)

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

Craig, who shared some of statistics about the benefits of art programs on academic performance during the presentation, said Northwood could enroll 56 additional students the first year, although that could change based on space and class size restrictions in the coming years.

Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson said district officials hope the program will play another important role by easing high enrollment issues at neighboring schools.

“I think there is a huge desire in the north end of the county to have this type of program for our students,” she said. “I would appreciate any consideration the board can give us.”

Board member Cathy Thigpen expressed her support for the program. She said she was impressed at the level of community support she already has seen at two community meetings held by Craig and Blackburn.

Board vice chairwoman Cindy Frakes asked a few questions about growth options before offering her support of the initiative.

“I think the motivation to learn … is a huge thing for me because all kids don’t learn alike and all students aren’t motivated by the same things,” Frakes said.

Applications for school zoning waivers will be accepted beginning in April.

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