Robesonian – Lumberton, NC
A decision could come today on which management entity will lead Southside-Ashpole Elementary School for five years beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Eric Hall, the superintendent of the North Carolina Innovative School District, of which Southside is its first and only school, is expected to tell the North Carolina Board of Education his recommendation between two entities that have made a bid. The state board has the final say.
The Board of Education of the Public Schools of Robeson County in early January voted to turn over management of Southside-Ashpole to the Innovative School District. Southside was the lone school out of more than 2,600 in North Carolina selected for the pilot program, a Republican initiative to try to get better student performance out of low-performing schools.
“This process did start off rough in September,” said Brenda Fairley-Ferebee, the board member who represents the Rowland, at the meeting during which the board voted unanimously to turn the school over. She made the motion for that to happen.
I changed my mind several times, but I want to thank Dr. Hall for the excellent job he’s done communicating with us, and I want to thank the school board for working so well together.” Fairley-Ferebee said.