The Metro Nashville Public School Board’s vote last night in support of STRIVE Collegiate Academy was thrilling. The school board’s vote of confidence is a victory because of all the effort that has gone into our vision to open a high quality charter middle school (grades 5-8) in the McGavock cluster and to provide area families and children with a new, high quality public school option.
As the School Leader, I want to express STRIVE’s appreciation to the MNPS Office of Innovation, the charter review committee and to Dr. Jesse Register. You provided clear, thorough and fair direction that was so important to our ability to submit and then amend our application. I also want to thank MNPS School Board member Anna Shepherd, who was very encouraging through the process and who will be our valuable partner going forward.
Last night we celebrated this success and this morning we were up early to begin tackling the challenges ahead. We have much to do, with three major priorities:
- Secure facilities for STRIVE Collegiate Academy. We will quickly explore multiple options to make the right decision for the location of the school and accessibility for the families in the McGavock Cluster.
- Recruit students and families. We will begin marketing and accepting applications for STRIVE Collegiate Academy. Our goal is to enroll 120 fifth graders for the 2015-2016 school year and add a new class through grade 8.
- Engage the community. Over the past year I met an amazing number of business, civic, faith, political and community leaders in the McGavock Cluster (Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory neighborhoods). They provided strong ideas and encouragement. Now that STRIVE is “a reality,” we will be working with the entire community to achieve the quality school that we all desire.
A lot of work – and fun – lies ahead as we prepare to welcome new students and families in 2015. We are on it!