Odessa American reported on negotiations between Ector County ISD and Acceleration Academies to bring programming to the Odessa area. The story by reporter Ruth Campbell reported:
A partnership with Acceleration Academies to find dropouts and bring them back into the system was approved by Ector County ISD trustees at their meeting Tuesday.
Contract negotiations have not yet started on the Acceleration Academies.
Principals for three elementary schools and an executive director of leadership were approved for hiring.
Mark Graves, president of Acceleration Academies, said the firm is in four states currently. They have a geo map of Odessa to determine the best site selection.
Plans would be to hire 10 to 12 highly qualified Texas staff members to lead the academy; identify and build out a store front using the Edmentum curriculum; recruit a list of eligible students; operate the program using its proprietary technology platform; and report data to the district.
Graves and Superintendent Scott Muri said there is an opportunity to bring more than 2,300 students back into ECISD.
Graves said Acceleration Academies hope to launch in September or October and enroll 200-plus students per year.