Region 8 Parents & Teachers Attracted to JPS Magnet Plan - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Region 8 Parents & Teachers Attracted to JPS Magnet Plan

October 11, 2006 - Posted at 4:39 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- With news of the Jonesboro Public School Board passing the magnet school plan Tuesday night, many parents, students and teachers are left with questions Wednesday wondering what changes are in store.

School administrators spent Wednesday visiting another magnet school in Texarkana but assure K8 news the timeline for conversion to the new program is right on track.

Its news that has the whole district buzzing....JPS plans to turn its four elementary schools and sixth grade center into magnet schools by the next academic year.            

"I think that it will just enhance our entire district as far as bringing new students in, attracting them and it's going to give our kids a chance to learn in a different way," said parent Anna Smith.

The magnet school plan will affect around 2200 students, grades first through sixth in the Jonesboro Public School system. 

Parents will have their first opportunity to ask questions during the parent teacher conferences on October 24th and October 26th.  During the conferences, parents will be given additional information and surveyed on theme selections. The district will use that input to make selections on themes, buildings, principals and teacher assignments.

"In two instances, one being a parent, I was thinking this is going to be great.  It's going to be so exciting!  I think the children will have a great time, but as a teacher, I'm still thinking it's going to be great and exciting, but I'm going wow! This is going to be a lot of work for us for preparing for next year!" said Hillcrest Elementary Second Grade Teacher Keena Crenshaw.

Under the plan, area elementary schools would take on a specialty theme, such as math and science or performing arts, but still offer the basic curriculum, too.

"It's going to take some adjusting time and I know that we are not going to just have it perfect the first year.  It's going to take a lot of work on our administrators and our teachers and the buildings.  But I think once we get going, the kids are just going to love it," said Smith.

A second parent-teacher conference in March will allow parents and students to select a theme magnet school and apply for enrollment there.  If the number of students exceed the capacity for a specific building, the district plans on contracting a third party company to conduct a lottery system to decide student placement....most likely to be determined by a computer program. 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-12-16 04:41:07 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 8:37 AM EST2017-12-16 13:37:47 GMT
    The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

  • One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    Friday, December 15 2017 9:17 PM EST2017-12-16 02:17:05 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 8:30 AM EST2017-12-16 13:30:19 GMT
    Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

  • Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:18 PM EST2017-12-16 04:18:27 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-16 04:38:31 GMT
    A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

Powered by Frankly