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February 6, 2014

ECPS getting lots of bang for the buck

TARBORO — In a time when school systems spend millions of tax dollars on curriculum plans, new ideas and innovation to increase student performance, Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) may be getting the metaphorical biggest bang for its buck.

With the process already under way, ECPS will open a dual language/global school for the 2014-15 school year in partnership with Raleigh-based VIF International.

While the concept would appear to carry a heavy price tag - hiring and training of international teachers, curriculum plans and staff development - reality has ECPS footing a very reasonable bill.

"Based on the program's results we've studied, this is something we almost couldn't afford not to do," ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly said. "It is a plus-plus-plus for us, and the right thing to do for the kids in our system."

Plans are already set to convert Martin Middle School into Martin Millennium Academy (MMA), which will offer the dual language/global school concept to grades K-8.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.

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