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2/13/2012 2:52:00 PM
Cottonwood-Oak Creek to relocate IB program to Tavasci School for 2012-13 school year

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board has voted unanimously to relocate its International Baccalaureate Program, Mountain View Preparatory Academy, to Tavasci School for the 2012-13 school year. 

This will enable the program to expand to meet growing requests for enrollment.  

Mountain View Preparatory Academy is currently located within Dr. Daniel Bright School.

In addition to the Primary Year Program, the district will now offer the Middle Year Program for children in seventh grade.  The Middle Year Program at Tavasci will be limited to two classes in each grade, K-7, in order to maintain the high standards of the program and maximize the space on the campus. The operational cost and administrative structure of the program is expected to be similar to what is currently at Oak Creek School in Cornville. 

Superintendent Barbara U'Ren is, "Pleased with the board's decision as it reflects a positive response and shows how the IB program has been a great choice for many students and families in Cottonwood and the surrounding communities."  She encourages interested parents and students to visit the website www.ibfreedom.org for videos, testimonials and success stories about IB.

The IB program is open to all families and students. For further information, visit the COCSD website at www.cocsd.k12.az.us or contact Charline at 634-2288.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Cutbacks on special ed helps pay IB fees

The Inclusion program, which mainstreams special ed kids into regular classrooms, enables the district to use the special ed money received from the federal government for other purposes.

Those savings can then be used to help offset the significant licensing fees that must be paid to the International IB organization in Switzerland for the right to use their program. These fees run in the thousands of dollars, so this is a wise use of our educational dollars.

This is how the district takes utmost care of the children while being fiscally sound.


Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Simmons

Congrats to MVP for attracting more students. I can tell you that I have personally seen increased rigor in the classrooms, and far more parent participation than I have experienced at any of our other schools. So, if more involved parents are desiring increased rigor for their children, more power to all of you. Congrats COCSD and MVP!

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: A Teacher

C'mon, people...the article is about the growing number of students in the IB program, not about Special Education.

When the IB school was created, the district had NO IDEA how many students might enroll. That is why they didn't choose the Tavasci campus.

Now that they have increasing numbers, it makes perfect sense to consider Tavasci for the IB school.

"What a Surprise" says that Tavasci had "cutting edge special ed facilities". Um, no, no they had normal special ed classrooms just like the other campuses. How do I know this? Becuase I have taught at both campuses.

Oh, and the playground being unsafe at Cottonwood Elementary School? It looks no different than the playground at Tavasci! I have had numerous recess duties on both campuses and the only difference is that CES has more equipment for the kids to play on. Other than that, both playgrounds have grass, sand, trees, all the usual playground standards.

People, don't believe the lies. The school district does the upmost to care and educate our children while still being fiscally sound.

Still not sure? Then stop by any campus and visit the classrooms for yourself.



Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: From the inside

Tavasci, soon to be renamed Mtn View Prep Academy, had a special area built to accommodate the special ed children. Instead of attending school there, they are now sent to Cottonwood Elementary School. As a result, many special ed children have been seriously injured on the playgound at CES, some with broken bones. And to think that there was a safe school built for these special ed students, yet they are unable to use it! After watching a special education teacher holding the door shut all day long on a special ed student that was in one of the discipline chubbies, I wonder what is next in store for the special ed students, other than being stuck in a school that is not safe for them. Maybe another lawsuit for failure to keep them safe while at school.

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Cottonwood Parent

Yet another completely misinformed and negative comment about our schools and leadership. If there was half as much effort put into volunteering, tutoring and building up our children and great schools - rather than spending time behind a computer screen and spreading bad information - think what this community could do!

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: What a surprise!

Is Barb U'ren predictable or what?

Last year when she closed Tavasci, our best, newest, and most energy efficient campus, the claim was there were empty classrooms.

Others disclosed later that the school was actually running at full capacity.

The difference was her misguided decision to close the cutting edge special ed facilities at Tavasci.

Now, after a judgment against the district for its failure to provide competent special ed services, we taxpayers and our kids are paying the price for that whopper.

Also last year when Barb's educational fad of the moment opened, the IB school, we predicted it would go into the now conveniently empty Tavasci school.

It only took a year to get there. Gee what a surprise!

Next we predict she will try to change the school name from Tavasci to Mountain View Prep.




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