POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 3:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 3:58pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — During a special school meeting Tuesday morning, Tyler ISD officials said, if the bond passes, they will work toward building a third high school.
The school would be called A.T. Stewart Academy of Excellence.
Students would have to apply to be accepted to the school and if the student graduates, they would get a diploma.
School officials tell KETK everyone will be encouraged to apply.
Once again, this all contingent on the bond passing in the upcoming vote.
The academy would offer several different programs in college readiness, math, technology and language arts, designed for what the TISD board calls "21st century learning" to help students thrive in college and the workforce.
If the bond passes, the board would take two years to plan, design and get community input on the project.
During that time, students would stay at Stewart Middle School.
If and when the new academy is built, students from Stewart would split and attend two different middle schools.
"Stewart students who live south of Highway 31 will have option to attend a new middle school in the southwest quadrant of Tyler," said TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring. "... Students living north of Highway 31 would attend new Boulter Middle School."
Board members say a rumor about the Plyler Alternative School moving to the old Stewart Middle School is not true.
This new academy would be in addition to the Career and Technology Center ... which is based more toward gaining skills to enter the workforce.
The board says it would envision about 400 to 500 students at the new high school eventually.
They are also considering adding extra curricular activities for those students if in fact this bond goes through.