The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 9, 2013

ECPS holds initial Global School meetings


TARBORO — Coming off of a week of community meetings around the county to discuss changes in the new state READY model, ECPS will now turn its attention to educating stakeholders on the proposed new “Global School.”

Global School meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Central Support Services, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Martin Middle School, 6:30pm Jan. 7 at Carver Elementary School, and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School.

“Our mission in ECPS is to provide outstanding educational programs in all 14 of our schools so that our students are career and college ready” stated Superintendent John Farrelly. “Our work continues to be focused on creating more rigorous and challenging learning opportunities for every student. My philosophy centers on continuing to build sound educational programs while at the same time looking to accelerate innovation and opportunities for growth. District administration has spent the last year researching and studying the possibility of creating a new instructional program that is unique, cutting edge and robust. At the same time we have had deep conversations about how taking a ramped up approach to a true global education and having broader access to a global curriculum could benefit all of our schools.”

Farrelly brought a proposal to the Board of Education on Nov. 25 to open a new “Global School” on the campus of Martin Middle School in Edgecombe County beginning next August. The new school will be called “Martin Millennium Academy.” The school will be a K-8 Global School that will also offer a dual language program beginning in kindergarten. In addition, ECPS plans to reconfigure grade levels at Stocks Elementary School and W.A. Pattillo Elementary School. Stocks Elementary will become a PK-5 school next August while W.A. Pattillo will become a 6-8 middle school.

“The school will be a school of choice,” added Farrelly, “Any K-8 student in Edgecombe County is eligible to attend. We will transport any student in Edgecombe County to Martin Millennium Academy. I believe in giving equal access to all students, every child deserves an opportunity to be a part of something very unique. This plan is also designed to cut down on the number of transitions students make at the Elementary and Middle School level with Stocks becoming a PK- 5 school and W.A. Pattillo becoming a 6-8 school. We have achieved reconfiguration without closing a school or having to re-district.”

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Valerie Bridges expanded on the unique program framework: “VIF International will provide a teacher from another country for every grade level (K-8) who will team with “traditional teachers” to teach the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Each grade level will have a country or continent that is used in a thematic approach to instruction. We are excited about sharing this new concept with all stakeholders. We are looking forward to hosting several meetings over the next two months to educate the community”.