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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new challenge awaits the students and teachers at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

The Wilmington school was closed last year because of poor enrollment. Now it’s reopening with new goals and a new education plan.

“Our staff is top notch,” principal Eric Irizarry said. “I call them the Dream Team.”

More than 300 people applied for the six available teaching positions at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

“They’ve been working hard to get everything up and running, from parent handbook, creating that, to behavior plan. A lot of work, but a challenge the staff has looked forward to,” Irizarry said.

The New Hanover County School Board closed Virgo for a year. Now, the school has a new education plan that blends academics with character-building exercises. That’s part of the reason why Rebecca Clark left Wake County Schools after 18 years to come here.

“It’s always so sad when a school has to close, so to me, I was very grateful to come into a setting that’s actually going to offer great programs for the kids,” Clark said.

Unlike other schools in the county, D.C. Virgo offers something unique: a way for parents to get involved in their child’s education right here on site.

The Blue Ribbon Commission operates a parent’s resource room on campus. Moms and dads can drop in any time.

“If the parents are stable, the family’s stable,” Blue Ribbon Commission director Tufanna Thomas said. “We can have meetings here, workshops. Child Advocacy and Parents Place will be offering strengthening families program for families.”

One-hundred-twenty sixth graders have enrolled at Virgo. They will wear school uniforms and get iPads.

Next year, another grade level will be added.

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7 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: New staff prepares to reopen revamped Virgo"

Guest 10111
2015 years 9 months ago

Congratulations New Hanover County!

Attended open house at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering (really)? Elementary School yesterday evening and it is basically a SEGREGATED school. I could count the number of non African American students on one hand–and you can bet your life the parents of the few white students that are enrolled there would not have their children there if they had a choice. Well done and mission accomplished Board of Education and Neighborhood School Proponents, mission accomplished. It is the 21st century; will we have “separate but equal?”

2015 years 9 months ago

Children should attend the school that is closest to where they live. If a parent doesn’t like the school where they live, move. It isn’t fair for the parents that have worked hard & sacrificed to purchase a home in a good school district to then have it changed because some liberal thinks adding more white kids into the mix will solve the issues at the school.

2015 years 9 months ago

WHY Are You SO Rude?? You Are Wrong! Are You Totally Ignoring What Dr King says? No Color Of Anyone’s Skin Should Matter So Take Your Rasist Self Somewhere And Next Time You Wanna Post A Stupid Comment Like This Then Keep It To Your Hatred Self!

2015 years 9 months ago

Congrats on keeping tradiyions alive.
Virgo area has a proud group of students,parents,teachers and let us leave it that way.

Guest 10111
2015 years 9 months ago

Irregardless, in the 21st centuy, Education funded by taxpayers, if, “SEPARATE, SHOULD BE EQUAL!

portcity rider
2015 years 9 months ago

You are way off base.It has nothing to do with white kids solving a problem.Do a little research,not a whole lot just a little bit will help you.

Susan Jones
2015 years 9 months ago

Irregardless is not a word. It’s just “regardless” – or you can say “irrespective of…”


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