Angels Academy, located on Front Street, Marsh Harbour, is under new ownership. Michelle Roark, previously Michelle Albury, has purchased the school from the previous owner, April Higgs, and has been working hard for the beginning of the new school year. The staff at Angels Academy will remain the same with Barbara Johnson continuing as principal.
Considering questions parents might have about the new ownership Ms. Roark explained some of the improvements and changes that will be coming to the school starting this year and moving into the future.
“We’ve tripled the amount of books in the library,” Ms. Roark explained, “thanks, mostly, to many generous donations from people who want to see this school succeed. We are also adding a sixth grade this year, but that will be the final grade we add. Angels Academy will remain strictly an elementary school.”
She is also adding internet to the school this semester and is working on having at least one computer per classroom.
Ms. Roark commented, “There are so many tools, effective technologies that have proven to bring advantages to students despite the size or limited resources of a school. Internet access and education about computers is going to be more and more important for Bahamians in the coming decades. Even more so than it is now.”
Ms. Roark also planned on keeping the small class size per grade, explaining how important it is for students to have adequate time with the teachers.
“I really believe in the staff we have,” Ms. Roark said, “and one of the strengths of this school is the close interaction between our kids and our teachers; there are a lot of opportunities for on-on-one instruction. I also have the utmost respect for Principal Johnson and what she has been able to accomplish.”
Going forward Mr. Roark expressed excitement over new classes- Computer, Music and Spanish- as well as the offerings of a partial scholarship for some students. She also explained that she and the staff would look at the tuition to find ways to help parents out either through discounts for up-front payment or across the board tuition cuts depending on enrollment.