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2/21/2012 9:49:00 AM
District sticks with IB program for now
Team of faculty and staff considering other curriculum options to replace Middle Years Program
Clara Beard/WGCN
Grand Canyon Unified School District Governing Board Member Katie Morris (left) and Board President Clarinda Vail discuss the districtís MYP program.
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Grand Canyon Unified School District Governing Board Member Katie Morris (left) and Board President Clarinda Vail discuss the districtís MYP program.

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - After a recent evaluation of Grand Canyon School's (GCS) International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP), a committee of faculty and staff determined the program wasn't the right fit for the school. Now, the team has a new task - exploring other curriculum options for the school's sixth through eighth graders.

The team reported their progress to Grand Canyon Unified School District (GCUSD) Governing Board members during the board's regular meeting Feb 14.

"MYP is still in place, unless we find something else that is viable and that can replace it. MYP is not gone yet," team member Cynthia Bruno told board members. "We are investigating alternate frameworks."

Physical Education teacher Deb Taylor requested, on behalf of the team, to observe two schools they are researching.

"We have two schools we would like to see," she said. "One of them is a Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colo."

The team also asked to send a couple team members to Thomas Henry Secondary School in Maple Ridge, B.C.C.

Both schools are "self-directed learning" schools, one of the programs under consideration considering.

GCS parent Andy Pearce said he curriculum options are more common than others.

"If we have to travel to British Columbia to find a school, maybe that indicates that it's not overly common," he said. "To me, with the turnover we have at this school it just seems like it might be best to be looking at something that might be more familiar."

As the team had not submitted a formal request to travel, the board asked to see financial figures, as well as a detailed explanation justifying why the team needs to go to British Columbia, before they approve out of state travel.

A draft proposal needs to be presented to the board by March 9.

High School English Teacher Lynne Brown, Special Ed Teacher and Director Patricia Bailey, P.E and Health teacher Deb Taylor, Middle School Math Teacher and Singapore Math Coach Cynthia Bruno, Kindergarten through ninth grade reading specialist Genna Adams, Nine through 12 Math and Science Teacher and MYP coordinator Brad Houston, Principal Marc Cooper and Superintendent Sharyl Allen make up the team.

Principal Marc Cooper resigns

Principal Marc Cooper will be resigning at the end of the 2012 school year due to heath concerns. Cooper has served the Grand Canyon School for two years.

"He has certainly given us tremendous service and support. And, what a champion of kids and community he is," Allen said.




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