May 2007 Issue 12
Pinnacle 2010 Wraps Up Research...CISD Staff Charged With Facility Exploration
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Early Voting Underway!

Board of Trustee elections are set for Saturday, May 12th. Meantime, early voting is being held at Coppell Town Center (City Hall). Places 1, 2, and 3 are up for re-election with Place 3 being the only contested seat.

Find out about the qualifications of each of the Place 3 candidates and remember to vote! Click on the district's website and visit the Board of Trustee section for more election information.

Early Voting - April 30th - May 8th:

  • Monday, 4/30 - Saturday, 5/5, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 5/6, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 5/7 and Tuesday, 5/8, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Pinnacle 2010 Committee Set to Make Academy Recommendation to the Board of Trustees

The Pinnacle 2010 committee, comprised of 20 community and 20 staff members, utilized various research and data to form a recommendation for the Board of Trustees regarding the instructional focus areas, structure, and guiding principles of the academy/choice high school to be fully realized by 2010.

With the committee's visualization of the academy/choice high school as a place that provides relevant and unique educational opportunities that draw students attracted to a particular interest area and is based on these guiding principles: 1) The academy will prepare students for high demand, high wage careers with various levels of post-secondary opportunities, 2) The academy will attract students not interested in the comprehensive high school experience, 3) The academy will have a learning environment based on dynamic best practices, 4) The academy and CHS will have a mutually beneficial relationship, 5) On-going, comprehensive needs assessments will guide future decisions and adaptations of all academy decisions. Visit the CISD website for a complete listing of the committee's full recommendation based on these guiding principles.

Regular updates will continue to be made to the community throughout this process and the Board of Trustees and the school district will guide the transition phase between the opening of the academy/choice high school in the fall of 2008 and 2010 when it is anticipated that a permanent facility will house an estimated student population of 500. Visit the CISD website for the career forecast data as well as all other information used by the Pinnacle 2010 committee.

Academy/Choice High School Facilities Discussed

During the Board meeting on Monday night, district officials presented two options for the academy/school of choice temporary facility: 1) leasing and retrofitting and existing building at a cost of $12 million or 2) remodeling one of the two smallest and oldest elementary campuses in the district at a cost of $3.7 million. Based on a cost savings of $8.3 million over five years and the district's elementary enrollment, the Board charged those district staff members to evaluate the feasibility of the second option. District officials will establish criteria to assess the feasibility of remodeling and redistricting Lee or Pinkerton Elementary to serve as the temporary facility for the academy/choice high school. A recommendation will be brought to the Board by June.

District Teachers of the Year Announced

On Tuesday, May 1st, during the CISD Education Foundation's annual Student/Teacher Academic Recognition Banquet, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner announced the district Teachers of the Year. The district's elementary Teacher of the Year has spent 27 years in education and teaches 1st grade at Mockingbird Elementary, Marie Sumrall. The district's secondary Teacher of the Year, Amy Rizzo, has 13 years of educational experience and teaches 8th grade Math at CMS-West.

Congratulations to these teachers as they advance to the regional level in the national Teacher of the Year awards program!

End-of-the-Year Early Release Schedule

The following early release schedules will be observed across Coppell ISD. On Thursday, May 24, 2007:

  • Coppell High School will release students at 1:20 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
  • On Friday, May 25, 2007:

  • All Elementary Schools will release students at 12:30 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
  • Coppell High School will release students at 1:20 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
  • All Middle Schools will release students at 1:45 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:55 p.m.

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