LISD Reveals Who Will Lead Lubbock's First All Girls School - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/18/07

LISD Reveals Who Will Lead Lubbock's First All Girls School

We now know where Lubbock's first all girls public school will be and who will lead that school.

Newschannel 11 first told you about plans for the new school back in September. And Tuesday, the district announced it will open the new school next fall.

A group called the Foundation for the Education of Young Women is giving Lubbock ISD a $1 million grant to start a school for young women.

Among the details released Tuesday, we've learned this school will focus on preparing 150 sixth and seventh grade girls for college.

Tuesday NewsChannel 11 found out who will be leading these girls down that road.

Dr. Kitty Harris-Wilkes will serve as the advisory board chairperson for The LISD School for Young Women Leaders.

"The most exciting thing is to know there are girls in our community who will be given the opportunity and advantages that they wouldn't be given otherwise," says Harris-Wilkes. 

Kim Perry will serve as the principal of the first all girls school in Lubbock.

"We're getting young girls in 6th and 7th grade not only when they are learning about themselves but about different careers and colleges," says Perry.

The only thing not yet decided is which 150 girls will make up the first class.

"We are looking for students who are on grade level with their academics," says Perry.

Admission criteria also includes no chronic attendance or school discipline problems and the desire to attend a four year college or university. Most importantly, economically disadvantaged students will be given priority for admission.

"This group of sixth and seventh grade girls will completely create the foundation and tradition of the school," says Perry.

Lubbock's school will focus on developing leadership skills. The girls will actively be involved in choosing the school mascot, fight song, school colors, and even the uniforms they will wear.

It was just a few years back that the doors were permanently closed at Hunt Elementary due to low attendance but come Fall 2008, 150 sixth and seventh grade girls will breathe new life into this building.

But for now the real test is to have the school up and running in just eight months.

"We will have uniforms on. The school will be ready to go and we'll teach school that first day kids will learn and it will happen August 2008," says Perry.

150 girls will make up the first class and an additional grade will be added each year.

Applications should be available by January 14th and information meetings for parents will also start next month.

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