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Northpoint Academy seeks magnet school designation

PRESCOTT - Since the Prescott Unified School District's Northpoint Expeditionary Academy opened in 2006, people have referred to it as an "alternative school."

During its study session Tuesday evening, the school district governing board talked about designating Northpoint as a magnet school.

Superintendent Kevin Kapp said Northpoint fits the concept of a magnet school, which is a public school that offers specialized courses.

"I would designate Northpoint as a magnet school, not an alternative school," Kapp said.

Board member Joan Fleming said the proposal "makes total sense."

Kapp said, "The designation of Northpoint as a magnet school is not an attempt to eliminate anyone, but to make sure parents and students know what they are getting into."

Kapp also talked about the need for 35 additional laptop computers and software, at a cost of $48,769.

During its July 15 voting session, the governing board also will decide whether to approve out-of-state travel for the junior class to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks in Northern California.

Kapp said Northpoint begins each school year with "some type of wilderness experience."

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