I felt the best person to address this would be Spurka, the leader of Cambridge. With a temporary office at nearby Hopewell Middle School, Spurka says he’s spoken to civic and sports groups for months.
Roswell residents I know remember Spurka as an effective Roswell High principal. Milton residents who meet him comment on his engaging yet focused manner. Winning over public school parents is no easy feat, so hearing this positive feedback was encouraging.
“I need students and parents who are excited, energized and want to be leaders,” Spurka told me. “If parents have an interest in helping, they will not be turned away.”
As the parent of a freshman Milton student deciding whether or not to attend Cambridge, I was reassured by Spurka’s confident vision of creating at Cambridge a distinct identity from Milton High, yet with equally high-level programs.
I was struck, too, by Spurka’s point that starting from scratch at a new high school will enable him to speed forward with his vision since he won’t be stuck in an existing culture. He is currently selecting faculty and staff, seeking excellence, he said, among all his choices.
A few days after talking with Spurka I attended a college fair in Atlanta. College admissions representatives were thrilled about Cambridge. Patrick Winter, senior associate director of admission at the University of Georgia, and Mitchell Warren, senior associate director of admission at Purdue University in Indiana, agreed that as long as students at Cambridge worked hard and took advantage of as many opportunities as were presented at the school, they would be strongly considered for admissions.
Our high school students only have one chance to experience this part of their lives. I hope all involved with Cambridge do their best to make it a quick success. Parents interested in learning about Cambridge High School, which may allow for open enrollment, should visit www.cambridgehs.org.
Veronica Buckman has lived in Milton for nine years. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.