The Wake County school system is working hard to promote Saturday’s Magnet & Early College Fair with multiple pitches to the media for coverage.
In one media advisory last week, Wake invited reporters to schedule interviews with Tamani Anderson Powell, director of marketing and communications for magnet programs, in advance the fair. The advisory told television news assignment editors that Powell would particularly welcome the opportunity to appear on morning news broadcasts.
In another media advisory last week, Wake invited reported to interview students, teachers and administrators at the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in advance of the fair. The school board voted last week to add ninth grade to Malone, which is Wake’s first career and technical education high school, in an attempt to boost enrollment.
“It's no secret that enrollment is lower in the first year than anyone would like,” Wake says in the Malone advisory.
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Saturday’s fair, from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh High School at 2600 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, comes at a crossroads for the magnet program. Magnet applications are down. But Wake recently won a $9.6 million federal magnet school grant and the board voted last week to magnetize five schools to form a new K-12 immersion/global studies pathway.