In the early part of 2003, Dr. Daniel Presley approached Karla Cogburn with an idea. He heard about an Advanced Placement Booster Group in Georgia for students in an "At Risk" Program. He said that CISD does not have an At Risk Program, but we do have exemplary students and an AP Program. An AP Booster Organization is something we can do in this district. With that direction and Karla Cogburn as the first president, AP Boosters was organized in Spring 2003 on both High School campuses. The first group consisted of about 20 members and increased to approximately 50 members the following Fall.
From that point, the program has increased in schools and membership. In 2007, AP Boosters is in High Schools, Middle Schools and Intermediate Schools . Honors, Pre-AP and AP classes are supported and highlighted by the Booster Program. Funds have been raised to support Teacher Enrichment Grants and Student Scholarships. AP Boosters also helps the Guidance Office in finding volunteer proctors for AP Testing each Spring, thus saving the District money by not having to hire substitutes to proctor the exams.
CISD AP Boosters have inspired other schools to jump on the AP Booster Bandwagon. There have been several requests from schools for information on how they can start their own AP Booster program. From a thought to humble beginnings, our AP Booster Program has grown and progressed to become a model and an example for others to follow, but more importantly, an organization to give service to Carroll teachers and students.