Appalachian State University has agreed to pay Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools $426,840 annually to rent Middle Fork Elementary School for a planned laboratory school that is part of a turnaround effort.
The Board of Education approved an agreement between the district and Appalachian on Tuesday regarding responsibilities for Middle Fork Elementary once it goes under ASU’s control, and which functions the district will continue to carry out.
Middle Fork will be one of nine laboratory schools across the state, each of which will be run by an education college in the UNC system. The colleges will control the curriculum and management of the schools, all of which were selected for the program because of low performance in recent years.
Appalachian’s lab school will be known as the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork, or the Academy for short.
The board’s vote on Tuesday was for approval of a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, between the university and district that outlines what expenses the university is responsible for — such as rent — and what operations the school district will continue providing.
The agreement is good from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023, consistent with the five-year duration of the lab school. The agreement contains a section on early termination, should either or both parties choose to do so.
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