Moving from its West Point Road location to the building previously used as the school system’s Administrative Services Center, HOPE Academy started the new school year in a new setting.
Board members toured the school that currently serves 40 middle and high school students and has the capacity for 90. Over the past year, the building was converted back to the original 10-classroom design with the majority of the work being done by school system employees.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” said the school’s principal, Jane Hollis. “It is a peaceful learning environment, and being centrally located gives us the advantage of being closer to resources.”
In addition to administrative staff, nine full-time teachers and one teacher shared with Long Cane Middle School offer educational services for students who need an alternative to traditional school programs. Staff and programs are specifically chosen to assist students in overcoming social and educational obstacles. The goal of the school is to prepare students to successfully return to their home schools.
“It’s been a pleasure to visit the school and interact with the dedicated staff,” said board Chairman Daves Nichols. “Our hope is that the new facilities will further assist in providing the students with the resources they need to be successful.”
The Board of Education makes regular visits to schools, with its visit to the HOPE Academy being the first of the new school year.