Wake County Schools

Wake schools receive $9M grant for magnet programs

Posted September 17, 2014 9:40 a.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2014 9:38 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Public School System announced on Wednesday that is has been awarded a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and revise five magnet school programs.

The Magnet Schools Assistance Program will provide funding to Wake County's magnet program over the next three years.

The funding will support an international baccalaureate primary years program at Fox Road Magnet Elementary School, a leadership and world languages program at Green Magnet Elementary School and a leadership and technology theme at Carroll Middle School.

The grant will also support magnet school changes at Poe Magnet Elementary School and Moore Square Magnet Middle School.

Poe Principal Annice Williams said the money will help her school ramp up instruction of Mandarin and add strings instruction to its music program.

"It's been delayed until we come up with an opportunity to pay for those instruments," Williams said of the strings class.

With the grant money coming next month, she added, "We've got the orders ready."

Wake County's magnet program operates in more than 35 schools. The school system has previously received $36 million from the federal grant program.

"The grants are focused on implementation – resources, changes to facilities, training," said Cathy Moore, deputy superintendent for school performance.

The stage at Poe Elementary will be expanded and its outdoor amphitheater will be renovated, for example. Williams said those changes will enhance its arts instruction.

"Those are the kind of things that are really going to let Poe go to the next level with the program," she said.

Here's a breakdown of the number of students at each school that receive free or reduced lunch (numbers do not include those of American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or mixed race):

Poe Magnet Elementary

56.8 percent of students (354) receive free or reduced lunch: 169 black, 86 Hispanic, 77 white, 7 Asian

Green Magnet Elementary

62.6 percent of students (566) receive free or reduced lunch: 229 black,143 Hispanic, 136 white, 42 Asian

Carroll Middle

60.9 percent of students (838) receive free or reduced lunch: 305 black, 205 Hispanic, 271 white, 22 Asian

Fox Road Magnet Elementary

80.4 percent of students (755) receive free or reduced lunch: 361 black,265 Hispanic,58 white, 46 Asian

Moore Square Magnet Middle

57.2 percent of students (484) receive free or reduced lunch: 236 black, 77 Hispanic, 136 white, 10 Asian

District wide

33.7 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch.