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Funding Issues Bring Number of CTE Signature Academies to Five

May 15, 2019 – Faced with a smaller budget for renovations than originally anticipated, the Board of Education voted Tuesday to reduce the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signature Academies to five, instead of the six that were originally planned.

The Academy of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering at Southeast High will not open next year. A similar program will still open at Smith High, where $4 million has been allocated for improvements at that campus. Students who applied for the Southeast High academy will be invited to apply for the Smith High program instead.

A total of $5.9 million in bond funds available from completed or nearly completed construction projects will be used to support the five academies, including the funds at Smith High, which will go toward a new CTE building with classrooms, labs and office space. Other projects are:

  • $460,731 for classroom and lab renovations at The Academy at Smith, which will house the Academy for Biomedical and Specialized Health Sciences;
  • $850,000 for renovations at Western High to support a Drone Technology classroom and improve the Transportation/Distribution/Logistics classroom and lab;
  • $250,000 for improvements to existing classrooms at Northeast High to accommodate classroom space for its Academy of Computer and Information Science, including spaces to study Artificial Intelligence, Geospatial Technologies and Cybersecurity.
  • $372,916 for Kearns Academy to accommodate classroom space for its Academy of Computer and Information Science, including spaces to study Artificial Intelligence, Geospatial Technologies and Cybersecurity.

To help support these projects, the board allocated $560,532 from the Hunter Elementary project ordinance and $22,942 from the Academy at Smith project ordinance for a total of $5,807,277 that can be used for CTE capital improvements. The remaining $126,370 is expected to come from project ordinance balances at Western Middle and High Point Central High.

At its meeting on April 30, the board voted to dedicate $1.89 million to be used to pay for roof repairs and window replacement at Gateway Education Center. Those funds also came from completed bond projects. The request to spend these dollars now must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.