STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL, VICTORIA — There’s a new school year coming up in Charlotte Meeklenburg.
The school board has released its 2016 academic performance report.
It’s the first time in more than 40 years that the school has not missed the mark on a key measure of student achievement.
It was a challenging year for the school.
It’s been a challenging few years for the students in Charlotte’s Stuyvesants High School.
The district had to close two campuses due to budget cuts.
The district also faced an increasing number of closures due to high levels of student absences.
In December, the district said it would be shutting down the Charlotte schools on the last day of the school year in 2019.
Stuyvesantes, a school in the northern suburbs of St. Catharines, received the lowest score on the Common Core English Language Arts test since 2000.
The Common Core test, which measures English-language proficiency, was first introduced in 2007.
The district’s principal, John Evers, says the new year will be a new beginning for the Charlotte school community.
“We have been in a very challenging time for a number of reasons.
We’ve had a very busy year,” he said.”
One of the things that really impacted us was the closure of Stuyversants.
We had a total of eight campuses, three in Stuyvens and three in Elizabethtown.
We closed one campus in the Stuyvisants area and closed the Elizabethtown campus.”
The closure of the Elizabethandtown campus was a tough blow to the entire school community and we have been dealing with that and are dealing with it with the support of our community, which is really a great community, and we’re still very grateful for that.
“This year is going to be a very exciting year for Charlotte.”
The Stuyvellans school district had a $10 million budget deficit in 2015-16.
Evers says the district has managed to close $2 million in that gap and is on track to make up the balance in the current fiscal year.
It’s not all rosy for the district.
In December, it was revealed that the district had lost $50,000 on a property that was supposed to be used for a new sports complex.
Evers says he has no plans to use the money for a sports facility.
“We’ve done a lot of good things for our community.
We were very fortunate in 2015 to be able to do things that were beneficial to the district and our students.
We haven’t had that luck this year.
We have to make some hard choices to make sure we’re not going to run a deficit again,” he told CBC News.
“We have to do some hard decisions.”
“We will make the right decisions for our students and the right choices for the community,” Evers said.
The report highlights the district’s progress in addressing academic achievement issues.
For example, the number of students who have passed the Common Test on the CEA exam, the standardized assessment of English proficiency, has increased from 7.5 per cent in 2014-15 to 14.7 per cent this year and 19.5 percent in 2020-21.
The number of children who failed to pass the test this year also increased from 5.5 to 7.6 per cent.
The board also announced a $1.8 million investment to improve the school’s infrastructure and facilities.
Evers said the investment was part of the district making investments that will ensure the district can continue to meet the needs of its students.
He said the school will be making improvements to the library, gym, and the school bus to provide a more integrated school environment for the entire district.