During the regular monthly school board meeting, the CISD curriculum team sought and gained approval, from the CISD trustees, to move forward with a letter of intent to meet with
representatives from the New Tech Foundation in the coming week. New Tech's learning
system was observed "in action" by several members of the district's academy research
team during recent site visits to model schools across the United States. The system is designed to serve approximately 400 students (100-125 per grade level starting with ninth and tenth graders) and will cost the district $400,000 over four years. Opening the academy with eleventh and twelfth graders in 2008 will be a consideration by the CISD Board of Trustees.
"We chose this system because it was based on 21st century learning and their philosophy seems to closely align with the guiding principles that were established last spring by the Pinnacle 2010 Committee," said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Sherrye Dotson. Dotson added, "The New Tech High model also offers historical data, curriculum, staff training, and much more. Our next step in the discovery process is to meet with members of their team to learn more details including timelines and the extent to which they will allow us to customize the system. Ultimately, the system we choose has got to be a good fit for both parties in order to best serve the students of our school district."