Originally created 06/29/02

Meadows has very lofty goals

What's bothered Pete Meadows the most about working in private schools for the last decade is an ability for administrators to, as he puts it, "think outside the box."

In a Friday afternoon news conference, he took the first step in establishing a new private school - Northpoint Academy- that will allow him to do just that.

Now, he said, he won't have any interference from people who don't like his approach to education and athletics.

"Sometimes, people just want to follow the system," said Meadows, who will be chairman of the board, baseball coach and interim athletic director. "I'm somebody who's outside the box. That might be real scary to the people who know me. But excellence is the underlying theme. We'll be the best private school in Augusta in 10 years. That'll be our goal."

Meadows resigned as baseball coach of Westminster to begin his plans at Northpoint.

He's already got some believers. Registration for the school that will serve 6th-12th graders opened Monday, and by Friday, he said 25 pupils had enrolled for next year.

"It's been a lifelong dream to be able to help children achieve," Meadows said. "I don't profess to know how to run or start a school. But I know how to find people that do. That's how you build a team. I do know how to do that."

With two state baseball titles at Augusta Christian and a 2001 region title at Westminster, Meadows will try to translate that success into the new school. Although only baseball and softball teams will be in existence at Northpoint - nicknamed the Titans - next year, Meadows said he plans to add basketball and would like to field football and soccer teams in the next 5-10 years.

Make no mistake, though. Meadows said he's interested in building a baseball dynasty at Northpoint.

"Baseball and softball is what we do best, so that's where we'll start," Meadows said. "Eventually, we'll be a finishing school for college players."

First, though, his team will compete in the Georgia Christian Athletic Association, where he says his team won't have to conform to the schedules of the Georgia High School Association or the Georgia Independent Schools Association, which Meadows said "limits exposure."

Eventually, he said, he wants to get to a point where he could field separate squads that would play in the GHSA, GISA and the GCAA - all at the same time.

"This will continue my vision and dream to continue to help the kids of the CSRA," Meadows said. "We're excited about what we'll be able to do."

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


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