'SAVE OUR SCHOOL PROJECT UPDATE' January 27, 2021
At the CISD Budget Workshop on January 25, 2021, the CISD School Board Trustees determined that NTH@C will continue. The Trustees agreed for the time being to remove from consideration, as cost-cutting measures relative to the District’s budget shortfall, any further discussion about closing NTH@C at this time.
Rather, the Trustees prefer that Dr. Hunt and our District staff continue to focus efforts on opportunities to increase revenue, and to examine other cost-cutting measures and efficiencies throughout the District that would have less direct impact on students and classrooms.
In addition, the Trustees noted that they will lean into the efforts of a Visioning Committee comprised of 35-40 CISD educators, administrators, and staff. The Visioning Committee is charged with envisioning what CISD can look like 5-10 years down the road, and then making recommendations to effectuate that vision. We anticipate that the long term viability of NTH@C will depend on, among other things, the findings and conclusions of the Visioning Committee.
While we are disappointed that we did not receive assurance that NTH@C would not be considered for closure beyond the 2021-2022 school year, we are optimistic that the efforts of our PTSO’s ‘Save our School Project’ — coupled with the efforts of learners, alumni, community stakeholders and Coppell residents — have raised awareness of NTH@C as a viable, valuable, and valued choice for Coppell high school learners which should not be considered for closure in either the short or long term. (In fact, even during these turbulent times, recruiting for our incoming Rookie class is going well and we anticipate a capacity enrollment for that Class).
Thank you to all of our NTH@C families who made support of our campus known through supportive emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, completion of the budget survey, emails to Trustees, as well as the countless other ways you have participated in this effort. We have demonstrated that, although our campus is small, our heart and fight for it, is large.
The NTH@C PTSO Board
Statement from December 15, 2020
The PTSO Board at New Tech High School @ Coppell provides the following statement about the issues initially raised during the CISD School Board workshop on December 7, 2020, relative to the budget shortfall. One of the items discussed was the possible closure of our campus.
NTH@C is a unique high school that offers learners a compelling alternative to the traditional high school experience. Learners are encouraged to think creatively and challenge themselves beyond traditional learning methods. Facilitators, administrators, and staff at NTH@C create a vibrant and positive learning environment.
While we are saddened and concerned that our campus is under consideration for closure, we choose to meet this challenge by highlighting the value our campus brings to our district and our community. Our school has been a compelling choice for Coppell families for over a decade, and we intend to work in a positive and productive way to save our school.
We welcome your participation in our efforts in the following specific ways:
1. Share your personal New Tech story or experience by emailing CISD directly at email@example.com. If you are comfortable sharing your email with us, please also send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org; and/or
3. If you have a personal or professional skill or experience that would assist our efforts, we would love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com.
We also invite you to visit our New Tech High@Coppell PTSO Facebook page, PTSO webpage (www.nthcptso.com) and PTSO Twitter accounts regularly. We will provide updates on the status of our efforts and how you can help!
Important Dates: (it is our understanding that budget items, including issues impacting New Tech, will be discussed at these meetings).
- Monday, January 11, 2021; 6:00 p.m. School Board Meeting
- Monday, January 25, 2021; 5:30 p.m. Board Workshop
- Monday, March 8, 2021; 5:30 p.m. Board Workshop