Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Board OKs curriculum changes

February 17, 2005

Lansing School Board approved curriculum changes at the high school and renewed administrator contracts at its meeting Tuesday.

Lansing High School students next school year will have the opportunity to take a new sequence of vocational family and consumer science courses. There will be no change in staffing, and the courses replace the previous classes, the board was told.

The classes address issues such as "from school to work," "consumer education and economics" and "child development." New textbooks will cost about $9,000, LHS Principal Steve Dike said.

A new social studies class, "Issues in American History," will replace the old "Conflicts and Diplomacy." There will be no new staff or textbooks associated with the change, the board was told.

For vocational technology, the board approved a section on Dreamweaver, a Web design program, and Flash, an animation program. There are no staff changes, but the 70 textbooks that are needed for the programs will cost $1,750.

LHS next year will offer two upper-level earth science courses, one covering astronomy, oceanography and meteorology, the other covering geology.

Dike said that because LHS had no materials or equipment for such classes, about $4,000 in equipment would be needed, in addition to an undetermined cost for textbooks.

Dike and eight other administrators had their contracts renewed for a year. The other administrators are Donna Hughes, assistant superintendent; Kerry Brungardt, Middle School principal; Jan Jorgensen, Intermediate School principal; Tim Newton, Elementary School principal; Brooks Jenkins, LMS assistant principal; Mike Bogard, LHS assistant principal; Gary Mattingly, LHS activities director; and Jeff Andrews, district technology coordinator.

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