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New Hanover Co. Board votes in favor for D.C. Virgo to become charter school

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The question of the night: what to do with D.C. Virgo Middle School? A few were in favor of keeping D.C. Virgo as a traditional school, but after much discussion, the majority voted in favor of pursuing a charter school application.

Board member Derrick Hickey, said, “By a 5-2 vote, we voted to have an innovative partnership. As far as I can tell, it’s the first time in the state that the Board of Education has partnered with a community group to start a charter school.”

That partnership will be between the board and the Blue Ribbon Commission.

“It’s made up of community leaders. Our current chairman of the county commission is a member, our current mayor and Ben David. So it’s a group of community leaders who have gotten together to pursue the best interest of the children.”

Many of those on the board expressed concern that a traditional school just wouldn’t work again. Some said the charter school would give parents a new option.

“We tried to run a middle school at Virgo, and for a variety of reasons, the parents pulled their children out of the school. We had 400 set to attend and only 200 showed up.”

Charter school or not, many agreed on the key to turning Virgo around.

“We need the community to be involved, to buy into Virgo and the success of Virgo.”

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