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February 24, 2014

SIGN ME UP: Clarksville's New Tech applications going online this week

Information sessions set for March 4 and 5

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville Community Schools will post applications for Renaissance Academy — its New Tech school — on Friday and begin accepting them next month.

With construction scheduled to wrap up in August, a news release from the district says it’s trying to fill up the 100 openings for the freshman class beginning March 15.

Brian Allred, director of Renaissance Academy and principal of Clarksville High School, said the application will look pretty standard to parents, not varying much from current applications to attend any other public school.

But he said the process could prove competitive for parents and students. The first 75 applicants will automatically join the class. After that, 25 more students will enter a lottery process that will consider grade, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomics.

“We’re going to take them first-come, first-serve regardless, we won’t have any kind of constraints,” Allred said. “These students need to understand they’re making a one-year commitment initially. After that first year, they may want to go back to the traditional model. But they also have to be ready and willing to work with others; that goes with the project-based collaborative environment.”

The district will hold an open enrollment registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Bill Conley Education Center at 200 Ettel Lane. After that, students and parents can apply until June 27.

But before the March 15 enrollment event, Allred said the district will hold two information sessions for parents and students.

The sessions are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 4 and 5 at Kye’s I in Jeffersonville.

He said after the first one on Jan. 15, he expects to hear some similar questions since the community is still trying to learn about the New Tech model.

“As this word is coming out more and more, I think people will hear more about it,” Allred said. “We’ve also got [frequently asked questions] on our website, so it’ll give people things to think about. I think folks are going to want to know.”

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