NEWS AND TRIBUNE
Clarksville Community Schools officials on Tuesday unveiled the name and logo for its newest high school, formerly known as New Tech.
The new technology school, located in the former Value City building, 806 Eastern Boulevard, will be called the Renaissance Academy, A New Technology High School, the district’s board announced at its meeting.
Construction of the school’s first phase began in early December and is expected to be complete by August.
The first phase will only hold a freshman class of about 100 in approximately 37,000 square feet, with the addition of another class the following school year. But as the next phases are planned, the first to begin in 2016, officials have said the building will ultimately hold about 600 students.
Students will use problem-based projects to learn under the direction of teachers, but students will play a big role in determining the school’s rules and other aspects of its culture.
The name pays homage to the heritage of the town of Clarksville and honors the new approach to learning the school will take, which emphasizes the national New Tech Network educational model.
“The word ‘renaissance also speaks to the revival of the property where the school will be located,” Superintendent Kim Knott said in a release. “Renaissance Academy is a new approach to education, a redevelopment project for our town and we hope it will indeed be a renaissance.”
New Tech Network uses project-based learning and an active curriculum that challenges students to explore real-world problems in order to obtain a deeper knowledge of subjects.
Dr. Brian Allred was selected as the school’s director in November. Several teachers, or facilitators, were announced Tuesday: Anne Bird [art]; Amy Clere [art languages]; Pam Cooper [special education]; Connie Holstine [math]; Kristen Shipman [English]; Virginia Shirley [science]; and Joshua Whicker [social studies].