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Governor’s School program making return?

After several years of being a memory for many students and parents, Governor’s School is coming to the forefront of discussion once again during a special called meeting set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in the school board office conference room at the Mary Bethune office complex.

According to Chairman Kimberly Farson, Halifax County School Board members are reviving the topic of Governor’s School after the community has shown interest in reinstating the program.

Parents who were connected with the program in the past have contacted several board members about revisiting the issue, the chairman added.

“This is very preliminary. We’re just starting the talk, just putting it on the table,” said Farson.

The last Governor’s School class from Halifax County graduated in 2010, after school board members voted to cut the program as a budget savings measure.

Those budget problems haven’t been fixed, Farson said, but the school board wants to consider options and the possibility of offering the program to the students once again.

“There is a desire from the community to have this program if it could even be an opportunity for our students again,” said Farson.

However, the new school board chairman cautions the community not to misinterpret the discussions as the school board thinking of dismissing Advancement Placement or Dual Enrollment programs currently provided.

“They all have a place in the schools. They all have benefits for the students,” said Farson. “That is not my intentions.”

“Governor’s school just offers a different type of learning than a traditional classroom setting, and we’re just looking to see if we have the funds available to offer it,” she added.

According to Farson, the last year the Governor’s School program was offered in 2010, the top 10 seniors voiced how important Governor’s School was in their academic lives and how much it meant to them.

“I want us to offer as much as we can for our students,” concluded Farson.