School board to address concerns about Andrews High School

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Guilford County Schools Board of Education is holding a special meeting Tuesday to address concerns about T.W. Andrews High School.

Alumni say the concerns involve the school’s dropping enrollment.

Wendy Shaver Thomas, who graduated from Andrews in 1984, says the low student population stems from the way district lines are currently drawn.

“That really baffled many of us alumni, because how can you have a 47-year-old school that has 400 seats underutilized, when you have Southwest [Guilford High] and Central [High] with overpopulation of students?” said Shaver Thomas.

Shaver Thomas says the Andrews Alumni Association supports Guilford County Schools’ plans to renovate Central High School this year, but Andrews needs attention from the Board of Education, too.

She says alumni plan to show school system officials how the low student population has hurt Andrews both academics and athletics during Tuesday night’s meeting.

“We want to show how the diversity at Andrews declined. Diversity at Andrews is so important because that was the first public school built in the state to integrate the races,” said Shaver Thomas.

New Andrews High School Principal David Miller agrees that everyone needs to work together moving forward.

“It's not just the school -- it's school, it's home, it's the alumni and it's the community. It's all of us coming together, working towards a common goal that should be to prepare the students entrusted in our care to receive the best education possible,” said Miller.

However, alumni hope the school system will take the first step by tweaking district lines and promoting Andrews’ magnet programs.

“The school needs its numbers. It has the facilities to house those students,” said Shaver Thomas. “I want the students who are there now to be proud that they are mighty Red Raiders.”

School board members were not available to comment Tuesday afternoon.