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Grant almost up for Jonesboro Magnet School Program

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Jonesboro's Magnet School Program is in its fourth year.  This summer the funding supplied through the grant the district received to implement the program will run out.

Over the past four years, teachers at the five different magnet schools have integrated the theme of their school into their core curriculum.

"We wanted to change the history of Jonesboro Public Schools.  We didn't want to have a program that had a life span of three years and when the funding ran out we were no longer a magnet program," said Jonesboro Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks.

Dr. Wilbanks said they started planning four years ago to make the program self sustainable and they
have.

"With our magnet grant we've purchased items and teaching materials that we can continue our theme with," said Misty Doyle, Magnet Coordinator.

"All the pianos are new the African drums are all new.  We even have 28 guitars that we do guitar in the third grade," said music teacher Elaine Bartee.

Playing the piano is just one of the many things children at the Visual and Performing Arts school get to do and what they learn here can help them inside the classroom.

Music helps with every subject and you just continue to see statistics that prove children who are involved in music do better in every subject," said Bartee.

"When we began to make those choices and see those changes in our schools we knew we were on to something that was going to last forever," said Wilbanks.

Each classroom has books that support the theme.  Students are also engaged in learning information that surrounds their theme.

"At our school we have project-based learning so there is lots of hands-on learning," said Doyle.

Dr. Wilbanks said five out of the nine Jonesboro schools improved their performance last year.

The number of students enrolled in their magnet schools also continues to grow.

"We've seen about one hundred students per year every year since we've had the magnet schools and so it's created some classroom need," said Wilbanks.

Some preview nights for the schools are being held this month.  For students who are in kindergarten and their parents want to take a look at the different schools, for parents who want to look at a different magnet school, or for parents of children in other districts; this is the time designated to come and visit the different schools. 

Feb. 1   Health Wellness and Environmental Studies

Feb.  3  Math & Science

Feb 8   Visual and Performing Arts

Feb. 10 Microsociety

Feb. 15 International Studies

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