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D.C. Virgo to become a charter school

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new name, with a new curriculum. D.C. Virgo Middle School will reopen this fall as D.C. Virgo Urban Prep Charter School. Community leaders met Wednesday to put pen to paper to make it all official.

"Today, to me, is a momentous occasion," said New Hanover County School Board Chairman, Don Hayes.

The New Hanover County School Board, along with the Blue Ribbon Commission, a group of community leaders who work to prevent youth violence, came together to make this a reality.

"I think we all would agree that anytime the community and the school systems work together, the more involvement you have in the community, children are gonna benefit and I think the more parents we have involved, children will benefit," Hayes said.

That's why the two groups held a ceremony to sign the finalized charter school application.
Daawud El-amin is with the Blue Ribbon Commission. His job is to reach out to students in this community and help them reach their goals. He's heard positive things, so far, about the creation of a charter school.

"Their kids usually walked to this school so when it left, their kids had to go elsewhere. They were upset this school was closed because it was out of their neighborhood," said El-amin. "The parents are really excited about the charter school because their children will stop the 30 minute rides and come back home to school."

A school that will be a little different. Once D.C. Virgo is a charter school, teachers will have a little bit of flexibility when it comes to how they teach their children in the classroom. But the ultimate goal is to get these students ready for college."

"So even if a kids not gonna go, doesn't want to go to college, we're going to make sure they're able to do that kind of high level work," said Tim Markley, New Hanover County Schools Superintendent.

The charter school application is set to be approved in January, meaning the school can reopen in 2012.

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