Parents Camp Out Days In Advance For Spot In School

Coppell parents want their kids in New Tech High School

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    Early Wednesday morning parents in Coppell started camping out in hopes of getting their kids a spot in New Tech High School. They'll camp out until Saturday at 8 a.m.

    It's a sight normally reserved for Black Friday, but early on this Wednesday, just under the seats in Coppell's Cowboy Stadium, is a tent city.
     
    Somewhere between 40 and 50 sets of parents are camping out until Saturday morning hoping to get their child into the district's New Tech High School.

    "This is crazy, let's be honest," said parent Lori Myers. "This is a new adventure, it's nuts. You gotta think, I've never done this before. I'm missing work. But that's actually the best part."
     
    But one parent said it could be worse.
     
    "Last year, it was a lot colder, it was a lot harsher, so I'm not complaining," said Saurajit Kanungo.
     
    New Tech will enroll 135 new students, half by lottery, the other half from this line of campers.
     
    The school's director said what makes New Tech unique is the emphasis on group learning.
     
    "In the work world, that's what we all do," said Deana Harrell. "No one works alone. That's one of those skills that these parents obviously value. It's one of the things that's really built into our instructional model."
     
    While most of these tents have power outlets, with computers, TVs and bathrooms close by, Myers had a firm answer when asked if she'd do it again.
     
    "Um, no," said Myers.
     
    About half a dozen spots at the stadium were still available Wednesday morning, but they were expected to go fast.