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February 3, 2014

MMA a 'plus, plus, plus' for ECPS

TARBORO — (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series on Edgecombe County Public Schools' dual immersion/global school Martin Millennium Academy. The series will look at the concept's popularity among school officials and parents, as well as the academic and budgetary impacts the school will have on ECPS.)

For the past several months, efforts by Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) to establish a dual immersion-global school have garnered their share of headlines.

ECPS officials have repeatedly lauded the program, subsequently approving the concept locally and voting to establish such a school.

For a number of parents and other taxpayers, the idea appeared on a fast-track to reality with some questions remaining.

While the concept may look like a fast-tracked idea, it is actually the culmination of almost two years of study, observation and research into the concept and how it is already working in school districts throughout North Carolina.

After the ECPS Board of Education approved a dual immersion/global school in December, ECPS officials hosted several public information sessions on the concept. Sparsely attended at first, the meetings attracted increasing numbers of parents and students curious about the idea.

With Martin Middle School turning into the dual immersion/global school), ECPS opened 2014-15 registration on Jan. 15.

Initially setting a 60-day registration period — that would run through March 15 – ECPS has received application for 340 student slots as of last week.

"To have more than 300 students registered is just unbelievable," ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly said. "The registration has gone much better than I anticipated. We have enough students at each grade level to have at least one class."

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

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