Newport News School Board to hear pla...

Newport News School Board to hear plan to expand Aviation Academy

There are 3 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Dec 18, 2012, titled Newport News School Board to hear plan to expand Aviation Academy. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

The Newport News School Board will hear a presentation regarding the expansion of the Aviation Academy at Denbigh High School and the Point Option program at its regular business meeting Tuesday.

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Barbara Bahr

Newport News, VA

#1 Dec 21, 2012
The administration at both DHS & AA kept the students and parents in the dark about the relocation of the AA until tuesday afternoon at 1:15 The AA students boarded buses to DHS for a meeting about the relocation of the AA to the Denbigh Professional Park in the fall of next year. No parent was invited to this meeting and no letter went home with students.There was a school board meeting that night so no Administration wanted parents there for the questions that they would have. It's sad for all of the hard work the former director of the AA has done in the past who fought tooth and nail for the program to stay at the airport location for the past 18 years. I feel for the present teachers for having put so much of themselves into this program to have to watch it being ripped apart. No more watching planes land and take off during lunch time. No more classes going out on the runway and taxi a plane during class time or to see Air Force One up close when it was parked in front of the lunch room windows for three day when the president was visiting Williamsburg.
NNPS has had a reputation of never quite hitting the mark, but the AA was that one shining star of a job well done. It is the little secret in Denbigh.
In my opinion the approach of delivering the news was a direct slap in the face of all AA parents.
This is a little back ground on the AA all parents and students sign a contract
when accepted to the AA program. The pledge states that they are prepared to honor themselves, their parents and the AA with hard work, honesty and devotion. They are a unique set of students who earned a unique opportunity and devoted their academic high school career to the AA. These students are the cream of the crop with SOL scores that fly high with all test scores that are high also. In moving the AA off airport property students will not have the opportunity to talk to pilots, owners and maintenance people and to see a learn about airplanes that are parked at the airport.
The failure to fund upgrades to the facility is apparent over the years with the bandaids being applied. What was someone thinking to not renew the lease and operate on a monthly lease? This is a very successful program, ownership is apparent. The cost is minor compared to the direct and indirect payout provided. I strongly recommend that funding to provided to repair what is needed for this facility work out the lease arrangement with the Airport Authority for a long-term solution. We need to continue this unique and very successful program at its present location is the right thing and smart thing to do. If the program is moved to a business park, it will not be the same; will not have the same results.
At this time according to an article in the Daily Press they talked about declining enrollment in the schools, this is the last thing you should be considering. All this will do is enrollment to decline ever further.
No wonder why the NNPS have such a poor involvement from parents especially on tuesday sneaking around us parents and telling our children first. The official letter came in the mail on Wednesday about the relocation from NNPS.
Fmr Hamptonian

Yorktown, VA

#2 Dec 22, 2012
NNPS are some of the poorest in the State. Warwick High is 6th from the bottom, <8% percentile of all High Schools in the entire State. DHS is down the tube as well.
Barbara Bahr

Newport News, VA

#3 Dec 22, 2012
But I am talking about the Aviation Academy at the Airport

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