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Liverpool unveils high school academy proposal

Even Richard Pento, LCSD Board of Education member, said he was concerned of how long planning has been going on and why the people that "should be involved," might not have been.

Pento said he hopes the line of communication improves as the process continues.

"It is a grandiose idea," Pento said.

If the idea takes off, Pento said he wants to see "everything shared; good, bad and indifferent."

Four academies to follow

Patterson and other members of the LCSD School Improvement Administration also described four more academies that would be developed within the district over the next two years.

Ninth and tenth graders in the district would attend the Foundations Academy at Liverpool to obtain their core academics and being instructional learning.

A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy at Liverpool would embrace the educational fields that reflect its name.

The Regents Inquiry Academy would provide eleventh and twelfth extensive studies on the educational standards set by the New York State Department of Education and other higher education entities.

Finally, the Global Citizenship Academy at Liverpool would offer courses in humanities, journalism, Communications and community business connections.

Academy elements

Patterson said that the idea of the six academies surrounds the main idea of raising the high school standard in the district.

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Each academy will help serve students with specific and broad interests, Patterson said, as well as create better guidance for students with poor attendance records.

Because this was a presentation, Patterson and other presenting administrators said that many other details such as having students attend different academies for different course, has not yet been finalized.

A blocking schedule would be implemented in each academy so that classes would have a 75-minute duration with 30 minutes of academic assistance every day.

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