Originally created 06/28/02

Meadows quits Westminster for new school

It was January when Pete Meadows had his vision.

What he wanted was to be part of a school that was a throwback to the 1950's when "patriotism was big ... and there was a high level of accountability," Meadows said.

The blueprint of that vision will be revealed today. Meadows will be the focus of a news conference at 3 p.m. where he'll publicly resign as baseball coach at Westminster and announce the establishment of NorthPoint Academy, a private school that will open in August and be housed in the First Family Church on Warren Road.

"We want to be competitive and excellent across the board," Meadows said Thursday night. "That's what I plan to do."

So far, his idea sounds appealing to potential pupils and their families.

Meadows said registration opened Monday at 9 p.m., and by Thursday afternoon, 25 pupils had enrolled in the school that will serve 6th-12th graders.

Meadows, who will serve as chairman of the board and baseball coach, said he expects more to sign up in time for classes in August, and in 3-5 years, he said he'd like to see enrollment between 150-200.

For now, though, Meadows has to worry about getting his school accredited. Currently, he said, the process for provisional accreditation - which would allow NorthPoint's credit hours to be recognized by colleges and other area public and private schools - has begun, and he expects it to be complete by late October or early November.

Meadows gave Westminster his resignation notice in March, and finished the baseball season for the Wildcats before turning his attention to his new project.

"We're leaving on good terms," said Westminster athletic director Mark Tebbs, who hired Keith Romar to replace Meadows. "There's no hard feelings. He got our program that had been struggling for years up to one that was competitive."

And he did it in just two years. After winning the GISA Region 4-AAA title last year and going to the state playoffs for the first time in school history, the Wildcats made a return appearance this season, making their second-straight quarterfinal appearance.

He'll try to repeat that success at NorthPoint, which will field only baseball and softball teams this season.

"We're not necessarily trying to compete with the other schools around here," Meadows said. "We're just trying to give the common kid a chance."

Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or josh.katzowitz@augustachronicle.com


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