The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday approved the opening of PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program that will begin taking students this month.
According to the year-long contract between the School District and PACE, the Hernando center will serve as many as 50 girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who are struggling in the traditional school setting.
The curriculum meets state standards, keeping students on par with their peers, and offers both individual and group counseling. The organization's teaching model is holistic and tailored specifically to serve girls, according to Gail Armstrong, executive director for the private, nonprofit center in Pasco County, who also will oversee the Hernando center. She said instructors are equipped to handle victims of trauma and to focus on what girls can do, rather on what they can't.
Classes will be held in portables at John D. Floyd Elementary School until a permanent location is secured. For more information or to enroll in PACE, call 727-849-1901 or visit www.pacecenter.org.