Future Plans for the Moss Street Partnership School

Posted on December 07, 2022

Exterior of Moss Street Elementary School

After extensive deliberation, UNC Greensboro and the Rockingham County Schools Board of Education have agreed not to pursue renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement and lease for the Moss Street Partnership School (MSPS). The mutual decision was made in part to address capacity constraints within Rockingham County elementary schools and to accommodate the Board of Education’s desire to maximize the utilization of current facilities and resources. MSPS will continue educational operations for the remainder of the academic year ending June 30, 2023.

To comply with legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, UNCG collaborated with Rockingham County Schools and the Moss Street community to launch MSPS — one of nine UNC System Lab Schools that were opened to provide enhanced educational programs to students in low-performing schools and to provide a unique training ground and innovation space for future teachers and school administrators.

“We are proud of the work and progress being made by MSPS teachers, administrators, and volunteers,” said UNCG Dean of the School of Education Randy Penfield. “Though Rockingham County Schools and UNCG will not be renewing our partnership at MSPS, we share many joint programs and initiatives and look forward to continued collaboration.”

“We highly value our partnership with UNCG. Our history of working together is characterized by flexibility, commitment to excellence, and a student-first mindset,” said Rockingham County Schools Superintendent John “Shawn” Stover. “This transition of the MSPS back to RCS is another example of this spirit of cooperation that characterizes our partnership. We look forward to working with UNCG to ensure a smooth transition that builds upon the base they have established.” UNCG and the Rockingham County Schools Board of Education are working together on an orderly and amicable transition plan that prioritizes students and teachers. Details related to the progress of the transition will be communicated transparently with our constituents and stakeholders as they become available.