Still in the planning stages, the program, called “InTech,” would be an arm of East Valley High School, and discussions are underway to use the Walker Center on Sullivan Road. Talbert said there would be 125 to 150 slots available in the program, and students would need to apply. If more apply than there are slots available, students would be selected by lottery.
Darsi Bankey, who teaches in the district’s teen parent program, said InTech would include a connection piece that fosters a relationship between the student with other students, teachers, parents and the community.
The group of teachers, Bankey, Talbert, Kurt Krauth (math and social studies), Stephanie Etter (French and online credit recovery), Justin Becker (special education), and Amy Tellinghusen (work-based learning), have been collaborating since September on the program.
Krauth said they were asked last year if they were interested in doing school in a different way. Talbert said they were put in a room together and started talking.
The group said they aren’t hoping to appeal to any certain group of students. They wanted to focus on the grade level, rather than the ability level.
“It’s for all types of personalities,” she said.
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