Classes start at new high school

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Stephen Ricks, 14, reacts while sitting beside Amir Vaughan, 15, Wednesday on the first day of classes at CITI High School.


Staff Writer

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Classes began Wednesday at Nash-Rocky Mount Public School’s newest high school.

Students from across the school district are eligible to attend the new high school, which has a capacity for 100 students this year. Roughly 61 students already are enrolled in the Center for Industry, Technology and Innovation High School, otherwise known as CITI High School. The school is operating in a wing of Rocky Mount Middle School that has been sealed off from the main school building and has its own entrances.

As the first day of classes began, Principal Kimberly Rascoe shared the CITI High School Pledge with students over the intercom.

“The CITI High Wolfpack takes pride in being committed to excellence, while upholding integrity and being a trustworthy and innovative community of learners,” Rascoe said.

Students had the rare opportunity to be part of the inaugural student body of a brand new high school.

“This is like a fresh start. It is exciting, but I don’t really know anybody here yet,” said Tayor Shearin, 14. Taylor is on the supply chain management pathway at CITI High. Her eventual goal is to start her own business, she said.

CITI High School offers four career pathways including Industrial Systems, Electrical Systems, Automotive and Supply Chain Management. Students who are following the same career pathway are grouped together for homeroom, Rascoe said. 

“These students will likely be headed to classes together after high school graduation,” she said. “This gives them a chance to get to know one another.”

Though students from different areas met for the first time Wednesday, they are still able to participate in some activities with students from the high school in their attendance zone.

Shearin, for instance, will still be with students she knows after school this year for athletic practices since she is on the volleyball team at Southern Nash High School.

“Students who attend CITI High are still eligible to participate in sports at their home high school,” Rascoe said.

The first day of school at the new high school went relatively smoothly, though buses were somewhat delayed.

Ciera Robeson, 14, said she was looking forward to the first day of school but felt it had been a long day already.

“I am tired. That was a long bus ride,” she said.

Students at CITI High are bused in from all parts of the county. Wednesday’s buses were delayed because they are also still being used to transport summer school students, Rascoe said. Though the bus ride is still longer for some students in the outer portions of the school district, Rascoe expects the bus route issues to improve by next week.

Rascoe taught math at Nash Central Middle School for 12 years before assuming the helm at CITI High School. She said she is grateful for this chance to serve in an new capacity.

“I am really excited about the opportunity this brings to these students and the community,” Rascoe said.

School is starting early for CITI High students as some of their coursework needs to align with instruction at Nash Community College. The Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School also began classes on Wednesday. School starts for other students in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools on Aug. 27.

School will end for CITI High School students on May 17.