Pecos Connections Academy changing name to Pecos Cyber Academy

The Pecos Connections Academy, an online charter school,  will change its name to the Pecos Cyber Academy in preparation for a change in authorizers, ultimately parting ways with the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district.

The name change was approved during a Carlsbad School Board board meeting on June 15.

Kim Hite-Hope, head administrator of Pecos Connections Academy (PCA), said the name change was part of an effort to rebrand the school as independent charter school and not part of Pearson’s Connections Academy. 

Hite-Hope said the current name caused confusion about who owned the school, but said the change would help clear things up. 

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While PCA was not run by Pearson, the company was still the main vendor for the school’s curriculum. Hite-Hope said she did not want the name to foster any misconceptions about how the school is run. 

The Carlsbad Municipal Schools Board held a special board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. The board approved of superintendent Gregory Rodríguez to move forward with investigation allegations against Pecos Connections Academy.

“The point is to make a very plain statement that we’re running our school just like any New Mexico State charter school, or any school for that matter,” Hite Hope said. 

The academy would also make changes to its curriculum and administration that coincide with. 

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Hite-Hope said the school developed a career tech education program that would allow students to get a head start on technical skills needed for a future career.