After years of low performance, the state has stepped in and asked the Syracuse City School District to implement sweeping changes at three area schools. Tonight at a special meeting the SCSD Board voted to phase out Fowler High School and open a new Public Service Leadership Academy in the same location.
Beginning in the fall, the new school will welcome in 300 freshmen students, a new principal and an entirely new teaching staff as well. The Public Service Leadership Academy will offer four training pathways to prepare students for careers ranging from emergency response and homeland security to cosmetology.
The school will be broken into four career main tracks or academies. The Public Service Leadership Academy will feature a First Responder Academy, Homeland Security Academy, Military Science Academy and an Entrepreneurial Academy.
Each academy will have close ties with local higher education and industry partners. Onondaga Community College and SUNY ESF will play a major role in the initial years in developing a curriculum and training new teachers. The school is designed to prepare students for careers with local agencies upon graduation through internships, externships and first consideration in hiring. Students will also have the opportunity to take college courses, earning college credit, and potentially an associateâ??s degree while in high school.
Fowler High School will operate concurrently in the same building until it graduates its last class of students in 2017. Fowler teachers will be allowed to stay on at the high school on a seniority basis but will not be allowed to teach at the new school.
To apply to the new school, students must complete an interview with SCSD educators, industry and higher education partners.