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MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission CISD School Board approved to renew the district’s annual license with CSCOPE CORE for one more year. The purchase of $72,000 was cause for discussion due to previous issues with the program.

Executive Director for Secondary Education Maria Del Carmen Garcia explained the purchase only includes framework, which has vertical alignment documents, instructional focus documents and the year at a glance.

“We did base our curricular revisions on this framework and we would like to continue it for one more year,” Garcia said. “We will be creating our own framework during the school year.”

Board member Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez asked if CSCOPE had been taken off the market, or had issues. Garcia assured only the lessons were removed. Teachers had issues with the lessons not framework documents.

“What are the options if we don’t agree on this,” Board President Oscar Martinez asked.

Garcia explained the curriculum is based on the CSCOPE framework, so without it the teachers wouldn’t have a document to work off of. She added this would be the last year the board would have to approve the purchase of the program, for the 2014-2015 school year CSCOPE will not be needed.

“We should keep this for one more year. It will give us time to build a skeleton,” MCISD Superintendent Ricardo Lopez said. “What we are looking at is, the year at a glance and instructional focus documents, which allows us to put a particular order to how we are teaching and it gives a framework for the approach of instruction.”

The district saved money in comparison to last year’s purchase of the CSCOPE program, which was an estimated $108,000.

The board also approved new staff members in administrative positions that included: Coordinator for Language Arts at the elementary level, Elisa Gonzalez Pacheco; Coordinator for Migrant Services, Arminda Ramirez; Coordinator for Testing and Evaluation, Sandra Garza Cavazos and the new Mission Junior High School Principal, Ana Castillo.

Martinez welcomed the new superintendent, Ricardo Lopez, as it was his first meeting with the district.

“I just want to thank the Mission community for welcoming me with open arms,” Lopez said. “It is an honor, and it is very humbling to be part of your city. We will work to let the rest of the area take notice on where the best kids are, and that is Mission CISD.”

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