The Suwannees focus on high school students in Charlotte County, which includes the city of Charlotte, a few hundred miles east of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg metropolitan area, is attracting the attention of the state’s top education officials, the Charlotte Observer reported on Tuesday.
In a news release Tuesday, the state Office of Education and the Governor’s Office of Higher Education announced a partnership with the school to “improve the performance of students in the Suwannies community, enhance their learning environment, and ensure that their high school graduation rates and graduation rates for the next generation are high and comparable across the state.”
In partnership with Charlotte County Public Schools, the Suwonnees will develop a program that will focus on improving student learning, which is a key priority for the school, the news release said.
“It is a great opportunity for the Suwannies to become a part of a statewide initiative that will bring students, parents, educators and others to the SuwaNie community and the community at large,” Charlotte County Superintendent Tom Neeson said in a statement.
“We’re working with Suwannie students to bring them together and bring them back together.”
The Suwanniemes school board last year voted to close the high school and move it to the community center of nearby North Mecklenberg County, where it will remain until the new school opens in 2019.
In 2016, the school closed its elementary school in an effort to focus on higher education.
Since the closing of the school last year, some parents in the community have questioned whether the school should be closing.
They argue that the Suwinnees community is too small and lacks the capacity to offer a high-quality education.
“I think that is what they should focus on: the quality of education and the quality education of their students,” Suwanee County Superintendent Ron Hines said.
“That’s what we should be focusing on.”
The new school will have approximately 2,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The school will be located in the former school buildings that once housed the Charlotte School District.
The district, which also owns the facility, said in 2016 that it would begin offering kindergarten through fifth grade classes in the new facility.