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May 16, 2014

City schools abolish The Academy

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle school district is abolishing The Academy.

The board voted Monday to eliminate the program that offers junior and senior high school classes to students who have behavioral problems and who have violated school policies while in their regular classes.

Superintendent John J. Sarandrea explained in an email this week the program “has not produced the results for students that was hoped for.”

The Academy will close officially at the end of this school year. Sarandrea noted the move will save the district about $15,000.

District administrators believe valuable teaching resources assigned to The Academy would better serve students in the regular classrooms through reduction of class sizes and providing tutoring, Sarandrea said.

Students who were in The Academy will be served either with home cyber sessions or home instruction, with the opportunity to transition back to the regular setting by demonstrating improvement in behavior and achievement, he added.

The Academy had offered subjects such as math, science and social studies.

When the program started about eight years ago, the classes were conducted after school or in the evenings and averaged five to 12 students per class. About three years ago, the district changed the program for budgetary reasons and decided to instruct those students during school hours.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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