Jun 12, 2008 4:16 PM
The first high school dedicated to preparing students for the front lines in the Homeland security field has gone from theory to planning in Wilmington, Del., reportsThe Delaware Business Ledger.
Project Manager for the Delaware Academy for Public Safety and Security and New Castle, Del., Attorney Thomas Little, has signed a contract with Innovative Schools, a professional firm that will coordinate the mechanics of preparing the school for its eventual opening.
The process of finding and funding a site for upwards of 600 young men and women in Wilmington’s inner city is now under way.
Curriculum choices for students, who will be called Cadets, range from SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) to prison guard, water rescue, paramedic, firefighter, professional demolition and emergency response operator, according to a Board statement.
The first Principal of the institution will be Dr. Fred Fitzgerald. A retired captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Fitzgerald teaches English, speech and debate at New Castle Christian Academy. He is also a former executive for Coca-Cola Co. in Jacksonville, Fla., and a former director of operations for the Port of Wilmington.
On the academic side of the new charter school, reports the newspaper, parents will agree to attend a monthly meeting at the campus with faculty for progress conferences.
To meet personal curriculum goals, all physically capable cadets will attend a daily after-school exercise program. In addition, two hours of after-school sports or Homeland security training will be available for cadet volunteers.