August 21, 2008

Study Up: Here’s What to Expect As School Starts

By Morgan Josey Glover

Guilford County Schools estimates that about 72,000 students will report for classes on Tuesday at 120 campuses. Here are some of the changes they can expect for 2008-09:

Big Man on Campus

Maurice "Mo" Green will become the new superintendent Sept. 8.He currently works as deputy superintendent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the state's second-largest district.

In class

Elementary students will again have weekly art, music and physical education classes, a result of lengthy community protests against cuts last year. Some schools had reduced art and music to twice a month to squeeze in new foreign language classes.

New magnet programs start at Northwood and Washington elementary schools; Ferndale, Hairston and Welborn middle schools; and Andrews High.

New facilities

The following renovation and maintenance projects should be ready for the first day: football stadium at Northern High; new building at Parkview Elementary; classrooms and cafeteria at Pleasant Garden Elementary; air conditioning at Smith High; cafeteria at Southeast High; technology lab at Southwest High; classrooms at Washington Elementary.

Making the grade

Students in grades four and seven will have one fewer exam to take. The state Board of Education voted in June to eliminate the writing test for those grades.

Appropriate dress

Thirty-six out of 120 schools will require standard mode of dress this year, with six coming on board: Parkview Elementary; Ferndale, Jamestown and Welborn middle schools; and Northeast and Ragsdale high schools. Smith High will phase in standard modes of dress to 10th-graders.

Tapping Title 1

Forty-one schools qualify this year to receive Title 1 federal funding because of the percentage of students who qualify for subsidized meals. The six schools added this year are: Jamestown, Joyner, Lindley and McLeansville elementary schools, Welborn Middle and Newcomers School. Schools can use the money for additional teachers, tutoring and educational materials.

A healthy start

Students can get free eye exams through September at Doctors Vision Center offices in the area. To find a location, visit . Students entering the sixth grade must update their booster shots this year and can do so for free at the Guilford County health department branches. Call 641-5563 in Greensboro or 845-7699 in High Point to make an appointment.

What won't change

The district will not raise meal prices or shift many bus stops, despite a tight budget and rising fuel costs.

-- Compiled by Morgan Josey Glover

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