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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:01AM

School district advocates proposed leadership academy

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Classrooms at the proposed Lake Suzy Leadership Academy wiere set up Monday to illustrate the kinds of activities that might be featured, so parents and students would have a good idea how the school would function.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

The Lake Suzy Leadership Academy would be sited at the former Laurel Oaks Academy/Community Green campus. Transportation would be provided for students.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Jokes and riddles posted on classroom walls provide a QR code which children can look up to find the answer.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

The Lake Suzy Leadership Academy would still use traditional tools but would integrate technology as well, to assure children are comfortable with modern ways of learning and accomplishing tasks.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

DeSoto County School Superintendent Karyn Gary said the proposed Lake Suzy Leadership Academy would be open to DeSoto students in grades K through 8 and would be a public school, with no tuition, and with lunches as at any other public school.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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The DeSoto County School District held another meeting Monday in Lake Suzy to gauge interest in a proposed new Leadership Academy.

On the campus of the proposed Lake Suzy Leadership Academy, Superintendent Karyn Gary told parents it would be a “school of choice,” open to all DeSoto County students in grades K through 8. She promised it would be an innovative school, focusing on “STEAM” subjects: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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