Minidoka County School District Board approves new charter school

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Minidoka County School District Board approved a new charter school called the Advanced Regional Technical Education Coalition Industrial, or ARTEC-I.

Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Cox of the school district said the school board just approved it in December and now they have to get it approved through the state.

"We're basically duplicating the program we currently have and taking some of our programs and moving them into there, so we can continue to expand," Cox said.

Their current ARTEC program has hit their capacity of 200 students. Those students are currently dual enrolled in their current high school and the program.

"We're going to be able to offer more courses so that students can have more opportunities throughout the region," he said.

Cox said they're "basically cutting the program in half."

"We couldn't just expand the school, because that way the funding we would get from the state wouldn't be as beneficial to our districts," he said.

The ARTEC program has been around for about 15 years, Cox said. The program helps the student dive into the technical career.

"One of the requirements to have a course be part of ARTEC is that it leads to an industry standard. Our auto-body parts have to pass the same auto-body standard certification that someone in the industry would," he explained.

Any student can be a part of the ARTEC program as long as they continue to do the consecutive courses.

"As part of existing schools, one of the programs for Minico is the construction class. So some students in the construction class may be called ARTEC students if they're planning on going onto the second and third courses of that," he said.

Cox said their goal is to have new courses available this upcoming school year.

"We could start adding some of the new programs," he said of having an additional ARTEC school.

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