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Zoning plan yields least tor suburbs, lamine tor inner city
Paisley, Hones see huge drops in enrollment
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
In the constant debate over the
school system's controversial redis
tricting plan, the issue of school
capacity is seldom broached.
Nevertheless, capacity has
become a constant side effect- of
redistricting and an issue that
school officials are taking their
time to address.
"Until the Board of Education
takes a stance on this issue (there)
are going to be issues of under
and overcapacity at schools,"
board member Geneva Brown said
The trend of overpopulated
suburban schools add greatly
underpopulated inner-city schools
continues this year. Like previous
years, the problem appears worst
at system middle schools.
Paisley is the latest middle
school to experience a mass exodus
of students, most of whom were
ing to 10th
has lost more
than half of
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of the last school year.
On the 10th day of the current
.school year. Paisley had 287 stu
dents on its rolls, compared to 717
students at the same time last year.
A little more than 80 percent of
Paisley's students are minorities
this school year; the remaining stu
dents are white. The school's racial
makeup has undergone stark
changes. Last year, white students
joins a grow
ing list of
ty as a result
of the redis
tricting plan, Which, beginning in
1995, replaced cross-town busing
with a school-choice plan.
Last year, Atkins Middle
School, a school which like Paisley
once served as a high school for
blacks, saw nearly 400 students
disappear from the year before.
Hill Middle School also saw sharp
declines last year. Atkins expected
to gain a significant number of
students this year as a result of
nearby Kennedy Middle School
becoming LEAP, an accelerated
program for students who have
failed a grade.
, Atkins has 498 students this
year, according to the figures, only
14 more students than it had
around the same time last year.
Atkins' enrollment topped 810
during the 1997-1998 school year,
one year before the school came
under the redistricting plan.
Hanes Middle School's enroll
ment is also down this year, from
1,006 last year to 634.
On the other extreme, a num
ber of suburban schools are strug
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Flood brings grief,
unity to Trenton
;BY ALLEN G. BREED
?THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
1 TRENTON, N.C - This was a
town divided by race and a river. The
Trent River swallowed the town Fri
day, and black and white were united
"In the middle of a crisis, you
don't distinguish between people,"
said Billy Olsen, pastor of the Tren
ton United Methodist Church.
"There is no racial division in a
In March, the board that runs
this coastal plains town of 250
refused to annex three black neigh
borhoods, and Mayor Jolfree
Leggett reportedly said blacks were
"not leaders" and "would rather
work for a white person."
Now, waters driven by Hurricane
Floyd have swamped the hamlet.
And its people came together to seek
"Mother Nature took care of
us," Leggett. 82, said as he stepped -
barefoot, pant legs rolled up - out of
a boat and into the brackish water
that had turned Highway 58 into a
Everyone was watching the
coast, expecting 100-plus mph winds
and 20-foot surges to take out the
beaches. Few expected such damage
40 miles inland.
People in Jones County began
evacuating when the storm hit
Thursday. James Wilder, a state
transportation worker from Trenton,
drowned Thursday after falling from
a truck while trying to rescue a
By Friday, more than 700 people
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Interttote 40 reipained flooded in northern Ponder County Sunday
afternoon. Hurricane Floyd taturated oat torn North Carolina with
30 inthe* of rain. For information on loeal effort* to aid victim* of
the flooding, tee page All.
Associated Press photo by Tbdd Sumliii
Johnson brings plan to
privatize schools to BLR
BY PAUL COLLINS
THE CHRONICLE . ,
Victor Johnson Jr., a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County School Board, gave an update on the Edison Project to the
Black Leadership Roundtable s education committee and then the
Black Leadership Roundtable in separate meetings last Thursday.
Johnson organized a community forum about the Edison Project
Sept. 9. Edison Project, now called Edison
Schools, is a New York-based for-profit company
that runs schools.
Petree, Ashley and Cook elementary schools
are the schools most often mentioned as possible
Johnson told roundtable officials last Thurs
day several reasons why he thinks the School
Board should hire the Edison Project to operate
an inner-city school or schools.
He said that students should be educated the
first time around, rather than through remedia
"Next year the third, fifth and seventh grade kids will be retained
if they don't pass end-of-course tests," Johnson said. "You're talking
about money that is wasted. Now we're going to allocate 80 hours of
instruction (for students) that failed that end-of-course test.You're
talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 kids
that could possibly fail that end-of-course test.
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Putting an end
to school violence
Angelou Institute, Winston Lake Y and
Urban League begin series on school issues
BY JERI YOUNG
Ending the violence that has rocked schools around the nation was
the goal of a group of educators and community leaders who gathered
Tuesday at the Anderson Center at Winston-Salem State University.
Armed only with pens, paper and a desire to learn more about what
causes students to lash out violently, the group joined thousands around
the nation for a teleconference on violence. The event was sponsored by
the Bloomington. Ind.-based Hope Foundation, a 10-year-old organi
zation that researches ways to end youth violence.
During the 90-minute broadcast - sponsored locally by The Maya
Angelou Institute for the Improvement of Child and Family Education,
the Winston-Salem Urban League and the Winston Lake YMCA - local
educators shared their thoughts with a panel of psychologists, educators
and students via phone and fax. The video conference's topic, warning
signs that a student is becoming frustrated enough to commit a violent
act, is a timely one, attendants said.
"One of things that they talked about in the video is that children
have to talk to adults," said William Peay. principal of Philo Middle
School. "Children have to ... be able to talk to adults to make them feel
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