Six new teachers and a new Vice-Principal, Shirley Krezel, will bring new blood and energy to Abaco Central High School for the year 2013-14, but Ricardo Ferguson is still at the helm, committed to lead the ship with new concepts and a firm hand.
The Principal’s goals for the new school year are to continue improving the academic performance by increasing the strides made last year as well as to provide more support in vocational areas. Two new subjects are being introduced for the time being in that field: carpentry and pastry baking.
After school programs in English, Mathematics and Social Studies to prepare for the BJC and BGCSE examinations are being offered. Mr. Ferguson is also working on implementing a better in-house system of competition in debate and English.
Academic re-enforcement will not lessen sports activities according to the principal, and Mr. Ferguson said he is looking at an active sports program. Last year’s PE teacher, Ms. Brown will be helped by Christine Genoa who is replacing Vogel Williams, who retired. The two former national athletes will also be coaching students in track & field, basketball and most probably softball. The Principal himself will continue to coach the senior basketball team.
The last year’s mark of 580 students will most likely be easily surpassed. “We are still registering some kids” said the Principal on September 6, adding that there is a large influx of students coming from local private schools, and schools from Nassau and Eleuthera. He explained that he had to put a freeze on youths over 18, wanting to join twelfth grade for only one year, especially those with mediocre previous school performance. These students are being redirected to the GED program.
He anticipated that the contingent of twelfth graders this year will be of approximately seventy students who will be divided into three classes. His hopes are that at least 95% of those students will graduate with a better GPA than last year.
There will be a PTA meeting on September 19, during which a new board will be elected. Two parents have expressed their interest in serving on the board and it is expected that the Urban Renewal organization will be involved with the school this year also.
Last year’s Acting Vice-Principal, Sophia Miller is now the subject coordinator in Mathematics. Nicolas Emepue has been re-assigned on another island, as well as Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Ramdin went back to Guyana and religious studies’ teacher, Wendy Rolle, resigned from education.
The academic staff of ACH will thus be increased by two teachers.