By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
North East Carolina Prep School (NECP) has decided to delay its opening date for the 2013-2014 school year, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5.
“We are eager to move in and launch another great year of learning in our new spaces. However, safety is always one of the highest priorities for our school, so we felt it would be best to delay for a couple of days to ensure a smooth opening,” said NECP Executive Director John D. Westberg. “Starting school on Monday, Aug. 5 is a two-day delay that we were able to absorb into the school year calendar and maintain a total of 190 instructional days for our students.”
Diane LeFiles, director of communications for NECP, said the recent rainy weather has been a “big factor” in the decision to reschedule the opening of school, because it has delayed the completion of some of the exterior work in the school’s new building. Bouma Construction has spent the summer working on the new two-story, nearly 80,000 square foot building, which will house middle school students.
“The construction crews have done an amazing job on these beautiful state-of-the-art facilities,” Westberg said. “The Town of Tarboro and the NC Department of Transportation have both made it possible for us to get this project finished in record time.”
The new building adds to the two other newly renovated buildings on NECP’s campus off Howard Avenue Extension in Tarboro. Aug.1, will still be an important day for NECP. It will function as back-to-school orientation day for enrolled students and their families, and Westberg said the school staff is “looking forward to seeing everyone” on that date. Students and their families have the option of coming to NECP between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Students will receive their teacher assignment and class schedule and those riding the bus can check on the bus routes.
The three school buildings on NECP’s campus will open to students at 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 5. The number of buildings on campus may increase in the near future.
“It (the new building) allows for an optimal learning environment and it’s already full, so we’re already looking at expansion to meet our overall projected growth,” Westberg said.
NECP’s school’s five-year projection in its charter application was 2,220 students.
In its second year of operation, the school has approximately 900 students enrolled and about 130 students on the waiting list.
“I’m pleased with the growth. I’m thrilled,” said Westberg. “It shows that the hard work of the staff has paid off.”
The school has students from five different counties – Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Pitt and Wilson.
“We’re getting calls every day from people who want to enroll,” LeFiles said. Enrollment for this school year is closed.
For more information about the first day of school/ orientation day, visit NECP’s website at HYPERLINK "http://www.necprepschool.com" http://www.necprepschool.com.