Sunnyside makes plans to phase out PRIDE High School

The Sunnyside School Board last night accepted the recommendation of the secondary intervention committee to slowly phase out PRIDE High School and create one comprehensive high school.

Exactly when PRIDe will be closed isn't yet known.

The committee is made up of representatives from PRIDE High School and Sunnyside High School and have been meeting for the last year and a half trying to come up with the best way to deliver academic programs to all its students.

The committee came to believe a united system can serve all students.

In the past students with behavioral or absenteeism issues went to PRIDE High School. Now, instead of going to PRIDE, they will go to different intervention classrooms designed for the student's specific problem.

"PRIDE will become an intervention and not a different high school," Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole said.

Cole said now problems will be identified and the student will get the help they need to graduate.

PRIDE High School Principal Gary Babcock told the board this will provide students with a wider range of curriculum. PRIDE High School teacher Teri Alvarez-Ziegler said this is something that is good for the students.

Students attending PRIDE High School now will continue at the school and graduate. This year there weren't any ninth graders sent to PRIDE and next year there won't be any ninth or tenth grade students sent there.

The board gave the committee permission to begin working out a plan and Cole said some of this plan would be in place next year.


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