The Mandarin Magnet Implementation Committee presented the future of Glenwood Elementary School's Mandarin magnet program during a Board of Education meeting on February 7.
Formed in December 2018, the Mandarin Magnet Implementation Committee strives to address education issues in the program concerning overcrowding, the lottery entry process and foreign language in elementary school/Mandarin language development and support within the district.
The committee is comprised of 14 members, including Chinese and English dual-language teachers, traditional teachers, a student service representative, administrators and two parent representatives.
Jessica O'Donovan, assistant superintendent for instructional services at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, said the Spanish and Mandarin dual-language programs offered in different schools in the district have been around for about 20 years. She noted there are some issues that need to be solved, specifically citing the overcrowding problem, but she is optimistic about the future.
“This is a district that prides itself in offering families different choices of an enriched educational model, with dual-language being one of them,” O’Donovan said. “There’s a lot of challenges we receive because that building has been overcrowded for the last few years, and we are trying to address the overcrowding while also building the highest quality programs and being fiscally responsible.”