North Shore group advances

PRINCEVILLE — The Kauai North Shore Community Foundation has received an announcement from “XQTM: The Super School Project” that it was selected to advance to the third and final phase of the XQTM Challenge.

“We are very excited to have been chosen to progress to the develop phase,” said Lorraine Mull, a member of the board of directors for the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation.

The North Shore does not have a public high school, a situation that the Foundation is determined to change.

Chaired by Mull, the Foundation created its, “Let’s Build A School” committee in early 2015 with the goal of establishing a tuition-free high school on the North Shore. It is relying on a group of passionate advocates and community engagement to develop the essential elements of its school concept.

“Community contribution is essential to our success,” Mull said. “Over the past six months, students, parents, educators, and other community members have been involved in creating our high school concept. What has emerged from the dialogue is the community’s desire to create a high school that is innovative and collaborative.”

The XQTM Challenge was launched in September 2015 by the philanthropic organization Emerson Collective, chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

XQTM: The Super School Project is a national open challenge to reimagine and redesign the American high school.

Over 10,000 applicants signed up for the challenge and 1,400 concepts were submitted for the initial XQTM “Discover” phase. For the second “Design” phase of the competition, 700 teams from 45 states qualified to submit applications.

Applications for the third and final “Develop” phase are due on May 23.

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