WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – The Whiteville City School board voted Monday to continue barring its students from participating in an innovative early college high school the district helped start.
Opened in 2006 the program now known as Columbus Career and College Academy (CCCA), was a partnership among Whiteville City Schools, Columbus County Schools, and Southeastern Community College.
The academy gives students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free two-year college degree at an accelerated pace. CCCA has a campus at the community college, as well as a county school building in Fair Bluff, where students focus on trades such as culinary arts, broadcasting, and metal manufacturing.
Kandle Rogers, chair of the Whiteville City School board, explained Tuesday the district first issued a moratorium on its students attending CCCA about six years ago.
"With careful consideration, the board has voted to continue it," she said, not elaborating on the reason behind the decision.
Although Rogers didn't mention money, it may have played a role.
Students from the Whiteville district who attended the academy were counted in Columbus County Schools' enrollment figures for state funding purposes, according to the county district.
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