Future of Lee High magnet program discussed

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 1:00am

Robert E Lee High School is turning into a magnet school in the fall. What hasn't been decided yet though is what type. That's why parents, faculty and administrators gathered on Wednesday to discuss the direction they want the school to take academically.

"A college preparatory because without that baseline you can't go further," says parent Kenry Avery.

Avery is the father of a tenth grader who goes to Lee High. He and everyone else received a sheet with more than 80 magnet school options on it, but the one that seemed to pick up steam was one that combined science, technology, engineering, art and math.

"Bringing a variety of folks to the table with different ideas is going to make a better program," says E.B.R. school representative Carlos Sam.

The new magnet program is set to go into effect in the fall of next year and all agreed that it has to be one that prepares all students for life after graduation.

"It's important that we hear from the school community first and really get an idea of what they think the interest of the students would be. How that compares to the job market for the future and making sure we prepare students for college and careers," states Sam.

"You have kids from different walks of life that have different interests, but either way that child knows they have a foundation to build from," says Avery. 

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