- Marion County Public Schools
Sept. 26 Ribbon Cutting Set for Fordham Early Learning Academy
SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SEPT. 26 RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR
FORDHAM EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY
MARION COUNTY – Marion County’s newest public school celebrates its official ribbon-cutting event on Monday, Sept. 26, at 8:30 a.m.
Fordham Early Learning Academy (FELA), brand new this year and located at 4000 W. Anthony Rd., educates the youngest learners in Marion County Public Schools. Forty-seven four- and five-year-old students in Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and kindergarten grade levels attend the school. First- and second-grade levels will be added over the next two years.
Students, community members, special guests, district leaders, and school personnel will participate in the ribbon-cutting event that includes history on who Edmond Fordham was and how the school came into existence. A media center reception follows the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite children’s book to donate to the school’s library.
FELA students enjoy curriculum focused on developing strong literacy skills, social-emotional learning concepts, and music enrichment opportunities.
The Academy’s namesake, Edmond Fordham, grew up in Marion County’s Fort McCoy area and graduated from Howard Academy. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later graduated from Payne College in Augusta, Georgia.
Fordham served Marion County Public Schools as a history teacher at Belleview-Santos School; assistant principal at Osceola Junior High School; and principal at Sparr Elementary, Dr. N.H. Jones, and Dunnellon Elementary Schools. After retiring, Fordham became the site administrator for NOVA Southeastern University, mentoring aspiring school administrators enrolled in the Early Education and Exceptional Student Education programs. He passed away just days before FELA opened its doors in August.
FELA operates as a School Choice program, meaning any appropriately-aged student can apply to attend. As with any Choice program, parents/families must provide their own transportation.
For more information, contact Early Learning Director Jennifer Beck, who serves as the school’s principal, at 352.671.4925 or Jennifer.Beck@marion.k12.fl.us.
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