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Columbus Co. school making transition to charter school

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After years of trying, administrators at the Boys & Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw are in the transitional stages of turning their school into a public charter school. After years of trying, administrators at the Boys & Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw are in the transitional stages of turning their school into a public charter school.

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) - After years of trying, administrators at the Boys & Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw are in the transitional stages of turning their school into a public charter school.

In June, they will change the name to Flemington Academy.

"We begin to realize that our kids come to us behind grade levels," said Tom Simmons, who's going to be the Director of Flemington Academy. "Sometimes as much as three grade levels behind. So, in order for our kids to be successful, we felt we had to build around those students' needs."

The school already focuses on students with emotional and behavioral problems, but Simmons says that becoming a charter school will allow them to help those students even more, adding that it will start with students having a longer school year.  
     
"We are going to have a 220-day instructional year," he said. "We feel like if our kids are not successful and are behind, we need to keep them in school long as we can. That additional 20 days in school will make a difference. We're also going to deal with that tier of dealing with the emotional trauma kids have had to cause them to be unsuccessful in school. We're going to have a therapeutic part of our program each day."

The school currently has nearly 50 students, and administrators hope to add 65 additional students.

They say that their goal is to keep the student enrollment under 125, so there will be a one-to-eight teacher-student ratio, and they're in the process of hiring seven teachers.

If more than 65 students apply to Flemington Academy, there will be a lottery to see who is accepted.

On April 11 at 6 p.m., there will be an informational meeting at Riegelwood Baptist Church for anyone interested in Flemington Academy. 

The first day of classes for the new charter school will be in September. 

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