New innovation academy to offer alternative approach for area students

Monday, January 7, 2019
News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Students walking the halls of Morgan Road may be sent to another middle school next year if the Richmond County School Board turns it into an innovation academy.

"It will be a 5 to 12 model for students that have some kind of issues that they need to address whether they get referred there by a parent or through the Tribunal process," says Kaden Jacobs, Director of Communications, RCSS.

The Alternative Center at Lamar would close sending those students to Morgan Road. Parents would be able to choose to put their children in Morgan Road if there's a need.

"What we want them to do is to learn respect, and care for the community and see that they have other choices there are other ways to accomplish the things they want to accomplish whether that's to enter the workforce or to go to college," Jacobs says.

Candea Carter, a mom of three boys, says an option like this was not available for discipline when her kids were in school.

"They did not they would have to get in trouble in order for them to go to those type of programs.”

But she likes the idea of it.

"If my child needed the extra help, I definitely want to have the option to be able to put them in the school that I think would definitely benefit them in the future," she says.

Richmond County says these students would have access to what is known as “wrap-around services”.

"That's access to medical, dental, sometimes it's food, clothing, tutoring, access to technology all of those kinds of things" and they would be taught in a way that better suits their needs.

"Technology, curriculum all of those things we'll be reviewing to try and take an innovative approach to what was the Alternative school and turn it into something more," Jacobs explains.

If the board approves these plans, students at Morgan Road Middle School now would be moved to four other schools, Hephzibah Middle School, Glenn Hills Middle, Spirit Creek or the new Sego-Rollins Southside K-8 school.