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New Hanover County School Board examines all the issues at Saturday’s retreat

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Members of the New Hanover County School Board did not have to retreat too far to address the needs of their schools. Wilmington International Airport set the stage for Saturday’s retreat, which was a session to exchange ideas on anything from dropout rates to redistricting.

“We can’t hope to settle it or answer all the problems today, but we want to do is begin a discussion and this maybe the first of some future retreats or work sessions,” said Edward Higgins the NHC School Board Chair.

New Hanover County is seeing improvements. Dropout rates for the first time in years are on the decline. The county saw a 9.7 percent decline for the ‘07- ‘08 school year.

During the retreat, no stone was unturned. The board gave the go ahead for strategic planning on issues like promoting area magnet schools, improving safety and academic performance.

School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh said, “It’s something that will build in accountability, it will be in benchmarks, measurements, and we will know whether or not we are failing or if we are achieving and communicate that with the community.”

School officials said a major role in making sure all their plans can get accomplished is by the help of involved parents.

The retreat also opened discussions on future redistricting in 2010 when a new middle school is set to open on Holly Shelter Road.

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videoMembers of the New Hanover County School Board did not have to retreat too far to address the needs of their schools. Wilmington International Airport set the stage for Saturday’s retreat, which was a session to exchange ideas on anything from dropout rates to redistricting.

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