Denton school board members are expected to vote tonight to put Borman Elementary School one step closer to its effort of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School.
Board approval tonight would allow the school to apply for candidacy to become an IB school. The application deadline is April 1.
If authorized by the IB Organization, the school would become the district’s second elementary campus offering the IB’s Primary Years Programme curriculum, which is designed for students ages 3 to 12.
District officials have said that with the addition of another IB school offering curriculum at the elementary level, the waiting list at Newton Rayzor Elementary School could be alleviated.
Robert Gonzalez, Borman Elementary principal, said that school is exploring offering the IB curriculum because it offers “a lot of good opportunities for students.”
It’s a program that could keep the school on the “cutting edge” and “better prepare our students for the future,” he said.
According to the IB Organization website, www.ibo.org, the Primary Years Programme curriculum is offered at 35 campuses across Texas and 351 campuses across the country.
Mike Mattingly, Denton’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and staff development, told board members last month that it could take a year or year-and-a-half for the school to earn the final authorization from the IB Organization.
Gonzalez presented the board with information on the school’s exploration process and steps taken for the intent to apply to become an International Baccalaureate campus at a Jan. 22 meeting. In his presentation, he outlined start-up costs for entering the process to become an IB campus.
According to his presentation, there is a $4,000 application fee and it is projected the school will spend $70,900 for 2013-14 for IB fees, dues, teacher training and the hiring of an IB coordinator.
At the meeting, trustees indicated they support Borman Elementary pursuing the IB authorization.
In fall 2011, Borman Elementary began exploring the IB program, Gonzalez said.
Four exploration teams of six people studied the various facets of IB and answered questions about the program, he said. The school staff also researched the program online and communicated with other schools across the state that offer the program. They also visited Newton Rayzor Elementary, Denton’s only campus offering the Primary Years Programme.
The Middle Years Programme is offered at Calhoun Middle School and Denton High School and the Diploma Programme is offered at Denton High School.
“We’re just excited about the whole thing,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been a two-year journey, and I’m just excited that we could get it to fruition where we can start the actual process.”
The school board meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the district’s administration building, 1307 N. Locust St.
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