By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: June 2, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – The School Board voted 4-1 in May to cancel the summer fine arts academy that has educated and entertained students for years in Prince George County.
From theater to art, students have had the chance to take in the summer to hone their skills, have fun, and learn in innovative ways that aren’t always traditional in the classroom.
But this year’s students won’t have that same opportunity mainly due to COVID-19 and Gov. Ralph Northam’s order to close schools.
Director of Title 1, Gifted, and MYP Willie Elliott explained during this month’s regular school board meeting, that the program doesn’t take place until July. “Summer Enrichment is scheduled to start in June.
It was questioned if the program could be moved to another time in the summer, maybe August.
Many of the classes are hands-on and could not be done remotely, Elliott noted. Teachers are paid extra to teach summer enrichment. If it is moved it would impact next year’s budget, not this year’s.
Students who take part are typically nominated by teachers for the program. While the board approved canceling this year’s summer enrichment program, one more thing the youngsters will miss out on at JEJ Moore Middle School.
Chairman Chris Johnson cast the only dissenting vote on the motion.
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