Updated 08/22/2012 09:05 PM
D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy opens doors with fresh start to new year
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WILMINGTON — All eyes are on D.C Virgo Preparatory Academy as they re-open their doors.
The New Hanover County Board of Education closed the school formerly known as DC Virgo Middle School last year due to budget cuts and low enrollment. Now the school has revamped their plans and with the help of community groups they are equipping their students with high-tech supplies for the year.
The school is getting a brand new start with around 120 students already enrolled in an attempt to duplicate successful, public inner-city middle schools across the country. Each student will be provided with a uniform, backpack, and an i-Pad.
School administrators said they are looking forward to a brand new start.
"We just hope to have a successful year this year. I was able to hire my staff. I had over 300 applicants for three positions, so I have some of the best teachers in the state here," said principal Eric Irizarry.
The school will be made up of 100 kids within the attendance zone and up to 50 that will apply from other areas of the county.
"Before I signed her up to come to DC Virgo, I saw a lot of great qualities. The uniforms was a plus. The iPads were also a plus and the way they are going to do their curriculum is going to be very good," said parent Laquana Vaught.
School officials also credit several community groups such as the Blue Ribbon Commission and Pure Platinum Motorcycle Club of Wilmington, who raised money for the backpacks each student will receive, and for supporting the new school model.
The school plans to offer classes for seventh-graders next year with the goal of serving sixth-grades through eighth-grades the following year. School officially begins for students on August 27.