A school designed to bring new life to the site of the old Boulevard Homes housing project moved a step closer to reality Tuesday, when Superintendent Ann Clark named a principal for Renaissance West preK-8 school.
The school won’t open until August 2017, but new Principal Erin Barksdale will spend the coming school year doing a residency at Atlanta’s Drew Charter School. Drew is part of a partnership to revitalize Atlanta’s East Lake area, which is a model for the Renaissance West project.
The Renaissance West Community Initiative, a nonprofit group created by the Charlotte Housing Authority, will work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to run the new school. The group had initially planned to open a charter school on the site. The larger plan calls for “cradle to career” support for residents.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Charlotte Observer
The school, which has not been officially named, will be governed by a council representing CMS, the initiative, school staff and community residents. CMS expects to offer a Science, Engineering, Arts and Math theme and serve about 800 students.
Barksdale is currently principal of the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a 6-12 all-girl school in Atlanta. She is originally from Charlotte and was an assistant principal at CMS’ Ranson Middle School from 2010 to 2013.