Four new middle school programs coming to Pinellas in 2014
Superintendent Mike Grego has talked about the need to revamp some of the programs at underachieving schools in Pinellas County to make them more attractive to parents and students.
Earlier this year, a committee met quietly to analyze data at 11 schools. Committee members were looking for "potential barriers" and enhancements to attract high-performing students. The schools included: seven elementaries — Belleair, Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Maximo, Melrose and Sandy Lane — and four middle schools: Azaelea, Bay Point, John Hopkins and Pinellas Park.
Now it appears that the school district will add four new middle school programs in August 2014, including two schools from the original 11. Pinellas Park Middle will have a Cambridge Pre-Advanced Certificate of International Education, while Azalea Middle will have an "engineering gateway to technology" program.
Pinellas Park Middle and Azalea Middle both are undergoing state-mandated restructuring this year because of chronic low performance.
The other two new programs are at Tarpon Springs Middle and East Lake High. The high school will make six to eight classrooms available on its campus for a middle school engineering gateway program. Tarpon Springs Middle will have a leadership conservatory for the arts, much like Tarpon Springs High.
The School Board will be discussing the programs as part of its workshop Tuesday.