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Volume43,Number7 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ;?THURSDAY, October 22, 2015
Atkins named N.C. Model Magnet School
High school has improved
drastically over the years
BY TEVIN STINSON
The start of the 2015 school year marked the 10th
year anniversary of the opening of Atkins High School at
3605 Old Greensboro Road.
The school was named after the original Atkins kigh
on Cameron Avenue, which is the home of Winston-Salem
Over the years, Atkins has had its ups and downs, but
recently the school reached an all time high when the
school was named a N.C. Model Magnet School.
During the first few years of existence, Atkins was at
the bottom of barrel when it came to test scores in the
county and state. In recent years, those numbers have
improved drastically. Since 2011, the student growth rate
at Atkins has exceeded expectations.
Joseph Childers, principal at Atkins, has seen the
school and its students grow since he took over in 2010.
During a recent school board meeting, Childers said he
was very proud of his students.
"It's a real honor to be presented with this award," said
See Atkins on A2
BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT '
Photos by Timothy Ramsey
Members of the community attend a forum titled "Closing The Gap In Black Male Achievement From
Cradle To 5th Grade" on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Enterprise Banquet and Conference Center.
Forum centers on
Parent Nakida McDaniel expresses her concern about statistics on black male
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
FOR THE CHRONICLE
The Initiative for
African American Males
(IAAM) held its first com
munity forum titled
"Closing The Gap In Black
Male Achievement From
Cradle To 5th Grade" on
Monday, Oct. 19, at the
Enterprise Banquet and
Conference Center, 1922
Martin Luther King Blvd.
in Winston Salem. It is the
first part of a four-part
The forum - which was
supported by Winston
Schools, The Ministers'
Conference of Winston
Salem and Vicinity and
Principals Association -
was held to inform the
community of the educa
tional gap that the African
American males in the
community are facing. The
panelists for the event
included local educators on
the primary as well us col
legiate level, a parent, a
psychologist, along with a
local police officer and
other pertinent guests.
The evening started off
with statistics showing the
discrepancy between black
"children and other ethnici
ties along the same eco
nomic lines to show pover
ty is a cause but not the
main reason for the low test
scores for young black
slideshow were several
speakers who presented
conclusive data to elabo
See Black Male on A2
Photo by Todd Luck
(L-R) Robert Brown and Oba Kabiru Adewale
Shotobi are shown at The Chronicle.
BY TODD LUCK
Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi the king of the city of
Ikorodu in Nigeria is dedicating his crown to Robert
Brown of North Carolina for helping him get where he is
Shotobi, who is king of Ikorodu in Lagos State,
Nigeria, visited Winston-Salem on Wednesday, Oct. 21,
stopping by the offices of The Chronicle. He's visiting the
United States to solicit support for his city, whose 1.5 mil
lion people have great needs in infrastructure and educa
tion. He plans to also visit Chicago, 111., Maryland and
London, England during his trip.
He said one place he also planned to visit in North
Carolina was N.C. A&T State University, where he grad
uated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1983. He
planned to visit A&T Chancellor Harold Martin, who was
one of his professors.
Shotobi was chosen as king this year and credits the
education he got in the states as a big factor in that. He
said that education wouldn't happened without Robert
Brown, owner of global business management firm B&C
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Closed detention center site to house center for adjudicated youth
BY TODD LUCK
Forsyth County's youth detention center
closed Sept. 30, but the site is expected to house a
new center for adjudicated youth starting next
Forsyth County Youth Services Center on
Sturmer Park Circle housed juveniles who had
been accused of a criminal offense or are adjudi
cated pending court action. Built in 1962, it
housed juveniles from Forsyth and other counties.
County Commissioners voted to close it as a cost
The State, which decides where to send juve
niles, is sending most Forsyth County juveniles to
the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center,
but there are circumstances, for instance co-defen
dants that need to be separated, in which juveniles
aren't sent to the closest detention center.
Though the County pays for the youth to be
housed in other counties, it's still cheaper than
operating a detention center. Of the 14 youth
detention centers in the state, only three, including
Guilford's, are now run by counties and the rest
are run by the State.
The N.C. Department of Public Safety's
Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
See Center on A2
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