New Hanover Co. schools with low performance grades look to improve


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Six New Hanover County elementary and middle schools that received a D or F from the State Board of Education are looking to make some changes. The schools include Freeman Elementary, Gregory Elementary, Snipes Elementary, Winter Park Elementary, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy and Williston Middle School.

Tuesday New Hanover County Assistant Superintendent Dr. LaChawn Smith presented a plan to get those grades up. Smith said behavioral issues, teacher support and increasing math, reading and science scores top the list of focus points.

Smith said along with the new performance grades the State Board of Education is requiring every school with a D or F grade to put together a plan to address low performance.

Eric Irizarry, D.C. Virgo principal, said they have a lot to strive for and it’s not just a high state grade.

“It takes into consideration just one day out of the year. So we are doing a lot of great things and you know we know we need to move that needle and that’s our goal but our goal is also to provide holistic education for our kids as well and give them the opportunities they need to be successful,” said Irizarry.

The board will decide to approve the plans during the November 3 board of education meeting.

If you would like to read the presentation to see what each school’s goals are, click here and choose Appendix C.

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