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Liverpool unveils high school academy proposal

"Team teaching" would also be organized among staff members who would teach at either one or more of the proposed academies. This teaching model would allow for collaborative ideas among faculty, Patterson said.

Patterson also said that the academy will embrace the change in education that has gone from "teacher directed to learner directed."

Such examples as taking learning from text based to Web based or competitive to collaborative were expressed by Patterson during the presentation.

BOE members speak up

After the presentation, several board members asked questions or commented on their excitement for the proposal and some shared concerns.

The LHS staff also witnessed the academy presentation earlier in the day, which caused Board member Patricia DeBona-Rosier to ask if notes from that event would be shared with everyone.

DeBona-Rosier wanted to know what the staff and faculty were thinking about the academy and said she hoped they would be included in the planning process.

Board of Education Vice President F. Joseph Unangst expressed a positive feel for the proposal. Since being on the board for three years, Unangst said this was the first time he saw a good change in the district's high school model.

However, Unangst said that it was unfortunate that the academy proposal was brought up alongside the closure of WRE.

Expressing student feedback, Nick Blaney, Board of Education student liaison, said that his fellow classmates wondered if there would be a possibility of rejection to academies and how the "paths" between the academies would be worked out.

Again, because this is a proposal, the LCSD School Improvement Administration did not have specific details to give.

LCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Nick Johns said he is pleased with the direction the proposal has taken from the time it was first initiated.

When he first came into the district, Johns said he saw a high school faculty that was not being fully utilized to its potential.

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