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August 11, 2011

Two ECPS schools to modify names

TARBORO — Princeville Montessori and W.A. Pattillo A+ will be operating under revised names very soon.

On Monday night the Edgecombe County Board of Education approved the modifications to the names of Princeville Montessori and W.A. Pattillo A+ in response to the two schools losing their Montessori and A+ statuses.

"With Princeville, the grant money ran out, it was very expensive to run, and we've lost a lot of Montessori-trained teachers," said Board Chairwoman Ann Kent. "With Pattillo we don't have these grants any more. We're not changing any names, just giving them back their original names."

Princeville Montessori will go back to its old name, Princeville Elementary School and W.A. Pattillo A+ will go back to being W.A. Pattillo School.

Board Member Dr. Evelyn Johnson saw the name modification as a good thing.

"This is a way of reclaiming our history by going back to the original names," she said.

Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Talley said that Princeville Montessori no longer uses the curriculum alignment plans that are a part of the Montessori status.

Talley added that W.A. Pattillo A+ is losing its A+ status because due to a lack of funding the district can no longer provide cultural arts courses in the curriculum as required by the A+ Schools program. The courses no longer offered are dance, drama, French and Spanish.

"I am sorry to see this program leave," said Board Member Janice Davidson. "I had two children go through Princeville Montessori, and I can say that they received excellent educations."

Kent said that despite the name change the signs at the two schools will not change immediately nor will other materials with the school's name, "in light of the budget and trying to save money."

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