At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, Oliver High School on Brighton Road closed, sending its high school students to Perry Traditional Academy. This year, the building reopened as the Oliver Citywide Academy, which is the new name for the Mcnaugher Special Education program, which caters to students with behavioral issues or special needs.
The Perry Traditional Academy culinary arts program, cosmetology and Career and Technical Education program are also housed in the Oliver building.
Principal David Lott was appointed in July of this year to run the program and oversee the building. He spoke with The Northside Chronicle.
Can you talk a little about how this year has been in the Oliver building?
It was very rough at first. There were a lot of changes to make for everyone. But the students came in and just instantly loved the building. I had a student in my office the other day who just couldn’t stop talking about how much he likes the building. He said he feels like he’s in a regular school again. I have inherited a wonderful staff that is just really focused on helping students. I’m really excited to continue working with them.
What are your goals for this school year?
Our number one goal is to strive for academic success and achievement. All of our students have Individual Education Plans, and we work with kids in grades 3-12. We’re working to build good relations with the Northside community and continue to improve the program.