Matthews Charter Holds Ribbon Cutting with Mayor James Taylor
Matthews, N.C., Jan. 23, 2017 -- Matthews Charter Academy (MCA) students and staff will celebrate the opening of the new school with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the school.
Special guests will include: the Matthews Board, Matthews Mayor, James Taylor; Rep. William Brawley, Kelly Barnhardt, executive director of Matthews Chamber of Commerce, and others from the local area.
In addition, Brian Britton, president of National Heritage Academies that manages MCA, will speak. Principals and leaders from area schools will also attend to support the new school.
The school welcomed 553 students in August when it opened.
“What a tremendously exciting opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labor,” said Dr. Shanté Martin, a Matthews board member. “After years of meetings, negotiations, reviewing applications and compliance documents, visiting other NHA schools, going to trainings, and set-backs, our Board was never deterred. We stayed the course, remained diligent, and with strong support from NHA, we have the honor and privilege of walking into Matthews Charter Academy. We are ecstatic to celebrate the materialization of this wonderful, state-of-the-art educational facility.”
The new facility features 28 classrooms, a large media center, dedicated parent room, 4,400 square foot gymnasium, music room, an art room, an outdoor playground, outdoor soccer field, and security features.
“I am deeply humbled to be the founding principal that welcomes students to Matthews Charter Academy,” said Christy Morrin, principal of Matthews. “I am proud of the many Board members, teachers, and staff, who have worked hard to bring this vision to life. We look forward to providing each student who enters this building a high quality education, college readiness and support throughout their education.”
Most importantly, Martin said, “Now, we can eliminate the achievement gap and provide a public school choice to families so that their children are prepared for success in high school, college, and beyond.”
Matthews Charter Academy is a public, charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The school will a grade each year up to eighth grade.
For more information on the ribbon cutting, call Kelli B. Smith at 616-464-2235.