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Carlsbad Municipal Schools discuss setbacks with academies

Carlsbad Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Gerry Washburn addresses issues COVID-19 has on schools during a panel discussion on Sept. 25, 2021 in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) held a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to discuss the implementation of an academy model aimed at setting students on successful career pathways.

“The initial rollout of the academies did not go as smoothly as we would have liked it to have been,” CMS Superintendent Dr. Gerry Washburn said in an interview with the Current-Argus.

The new program divides the school into four academies that focus on different career paths depending on students’ interests.

The four academies are: The Academy of Business and Information Technology; The Academy of Arts, A/V Technology and Communication; The Academy of Health and Human Services; The Academy of STEM and Industrial Sciences.

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The model, which was implemented this year, saw setbacks because of school closures, interruptions in training and staffing vacancies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.