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
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
- Sunday, 5/6, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, 5/7 and Tuesday, 5/8, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00
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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
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
website for a complete listing of the committee's
full recommendation based on these guiding
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
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
secondary Teacher of the Year, Amy Rizzo,
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
12:30 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
- Coppell High School will release students
p.m. and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
- All Middle Schools will release students at
p.m. and buses will leave at 1:55 p.m.