A CAT for Countryside?
Plans to move the IB program out of Palm Harbor University High and over to Countryside High look dead. But will Countryside get its own IB program? Another program?
At yesterday's workshop, several board members questioned the idea of four IB programs in Pinellas, wondering if there was truly enough demand. Besides the two existing ones at Palm Harbor and St. Pete High, Janssen has proposed adding IB's to Countryside and Largo High.
Several board members also said they liked the idea of a second Center for Advanced Technologies at Countryside, to provide a north county version of the high-powered CAT at Lakewood High. "It's the perfect program," said board chair Janet Clark. "It provides the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities we're pushing so hard."
Janssen said starting a new CAT program is cost-prohibitive right now, with the start-up costs at Lakewood somewhere around $4 million. But a majority of board members directed her to take a closer look.
They also asked her to look into the possibility of another medical magnet program like the one at Palm Harbor.
Board member Linda Lerner, meanwhile, asked this: Has anyone asked the folks at Countryside what they want?