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Pre-med, engineering coming to Conyers Middle, Edwards Middle
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Pre-medical and technology engineering are two new school choice programs in the works for Conyers and Edwards Middle Schools.

Assistant Superintendent Eugene Baker presented the school choice programs to Rockdale County Board of Education members during a recent meeting.

The pre-medical program would be at Edwards Middle and the technology engineering program would be at Conyers Middle School.

Baker explained the pre-medical program would focus on "the health fields."

"It would literally expose students to all those fields, to include medical robotics and technology," Baker said at the meeting.

The technology engineering program to make its home at CMS would differ from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, program already in place at Memorial Middle. Baker described the aim behind technology engineering as "what you study if you want to go design a hard drive or a new software program or a new computer chip."

While the presentation specified the 2015-2016 school year, information and community relations director Cindy Ball said the programs are still in development and start dates are fluid.

"It's a goal. Everything with choice programs is fluid, based on resources," Ball said. "The pace at which we're able to do that is (reliant) on resources."

According to Ball, those resources would go to possibly funding additional equipment, staff, and other program necessities. She added that transportation was another large part that would require resources.

"To offer a choice program we need to be able to offer transportation across the district," Ball said, explaining how transportation is needed for students outside the school zone who choose to participate in the programs.

Ball added that these two programs are part of a district initiative to offer more choice programs.