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Blytheville Middle School follows high school conversion

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

Blytheville Middle School is in the process of applying for a conversion charter. 

The district is working on making the middle school a new tech school, like the current Blytheville High School. 

A new tech school is based on three components, according to the District Director Teryn Spears.

These components include building a culture that empowers teachers and students, creating a curriculum that engages teachers and students like project learning and adding technology that enables the school. 

Spears said the Blytheville public schools are doing a great job so far, but more can be done to make the children true learners and ready for the real world.

"We're doing great things for students, we could be doing some other things for students as well, we could just add to the layer of greatness we already have and dig in and say we can do this better, and we can do this better, we can deepen what we are doing with instruction here," Spears said. 

The meeting Tuesday night was open to the public and was well attended. 

According to Spears and the Middle School principal Mike Wallace, the meeting went very well. 

"I was very pleased that the crowd, those in attendance were very positive,"  Wallace said. 

The conversion process for the middle school will take a little time to start.

Wallace said this is a planning year for the school. Teachers will continue to go to workshops and training throughout this school year.

Next year the new tech school will be implemented. 

Wallace said new tech will help created the vision he has for the school including teacher and student respect, leadership encouragement, technology implementation, collaborative work and recognizable achievements. 

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