HG School District expands special education staffing

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The School Board voted 4-0 to add an additional special education teacher at the Northview Elementary School at their Nov. 20 meeting.

The district has experienced a significant increase in the number of special education students over the past four years — some of them are open enrollment students.

While the district has averaged 85-94 special education students, enrollment has increased with the schools serving 124 students at this time.

District Superintendent Chris Peterson gave an auditorium update with the construction project still being on track for an April 2, 2018, completion date.

The crew began setting joists in the lobby area and setting the larger auditorium trusses. When all of the trusses are set, the decking (roof) can begin. The building was expected to be airtight by Dec. 8.

Brick for the exterior of the building will be going up during the next few weeks as well as windows and doors.

Peterson said additionally, with all of the construction issues coming up, they are about two weeks behind schedule but will be able to make that up once the building is closed up. The project is still under budget.

“The budget is tight and I am watching it very carefully,” said Peterson. “At this point, I still don’t believe we will be having to sacrifice any quality to accomplish our goals.”

A fundraiser was proposed for a sponsorship of a Formula race car. Sponsorship could include name and/or logo on the car in exchange for funds needed to purchase components and supplies to build and maintain the car. The fundraiser was approved.

The board heard a proposal from high school principal Scott Fritz and science teacher Tom Heier in regards to changes to the current high school science curriculum.

The proposed courses are Conceptual Physics (grades 9-12), a pre-requisite for CAPP Physics I and II, and General Science (grade 9), an introductory course.

The courses would better prepare students for advanced courses in the science area as well as provide an introductory course for all of the district’s advanced classes.

General Science is not a required course by state standards, but it may be used to satisfy 1 of 3 credits required by the district to graduate. The science courses were approved for the 2018-2019 school year.

Art teacher Jane Cole and Fritz shared a proposal for a one CAPP Art class. The appreciation course for non-art majors could appeal to many college bound students who will need a humanities credit in the UW Schools. The new Art 105 CAPP course was approved as presented.

The board approved the committee recommendation of updated board policies as presented.

The board acknowledged donations from the PTO for prizes for a service learning project (grade 8), middle school book swap, middle school battle of the books and Northview Books for Book Club.

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