“This is going to give us the opportunity to partner with regional school systems,” Jordan said. “Not only in dual-enrollment programs but to offer our support to the existing curriculum in STEM areas – science, technology, engineering and math – for school systems through Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, western North Carolina and beyond. This is a real service to and opportunity for a partnership with education across all levels, K-12, post-secondary and graduate school.”

Bristol , Va. , Schools Superintendent Mark Lineburg said his division welcomes the chance to work with King.

“There are a world of possibilities here. You automatically think about professional development for teachers. We plan to use more technology in the future, so this would be a great tool to have,” Lineburg said.

The former Academy at King was a private high school that was established in 2008 and closed in May. Officials blamed its low enrollment on a sluggish economy.

Jordan declined to discuss the financial investment in the new center, other than to say it was “substantial.”

He praised the Nicewonder families and Jeff and Terri Gregory for their support of the project.


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