What is the NPS Transformation Initiative ?
The Norfolk Public Schools Transformation Initiative is a groundbreaking proposal for re-imagining public education in Norfolk. The Superintendent has proposed to the School Board that ten existing schools be part of the initiative, and that NPS also debut an open campus high school. The initiative, if approved by the School Board, will be a significant step toward NPS’ mission to become the cornerstone of our proudly diverse community. The 10 transformation schools will have innovative, themed curricular programs, flexible instructional calendars, principals who are poised to focus on instructional leadership, dedicated community partners, advisory councils and compacts or agreements between students, staff and parents, who will pledge to set and strive for high standards. The open campus high school will provide a flexible schedule and customized support for students who need that approach in order to graduate.
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Which schools will participate?
◊ Booker T. Washington High School
◊ Lafayette-Winona Middle School
◊ Lake Taylor Middle School
◊ Ruffner Academy
◊ Jacox Elementary School
◊ James Monroe Elementary School
◊ Lindenwood Elementary School
◊ P.B. Young, Sr. Elementary School
◊ Richard Bowling Elementary School
◊ Tidewater Park Elementary School
◊ Open Campus High School
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What is the time line for the NPS Transformation Initiative?
On June 12, the School Board authorized the Superintendent and his team to proceed with planning, development and communications regarding the Transformation Initiative proposal, in order to prepare for the Board to review the formal proposals at a later date, after the new state law allowing what are commonly referred to as “public conversion charters” takes effect July 1, 2013. If the School Board then approves the plans, the conversion charter applications will be sent to the Virginia Department of Education, which will review them. However the Norfolk School Board is the deciding, governing body.
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