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Page 14 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Adams County Record @ by Dale Fisk The Council school board is facing big changes requiring big decisions. A 25-member curriculum committee, composed of community volunteers and teachers, has met five times in the past few weeks to hash out recommendations to the board. On Monday night (4-9) a committee representative presented those recommendations as follows. 1--Middle School Last year the 5th and 6th grades were combined. This did not work well this year. The committee's first choice recommendation is to explore a Middle School option, using secondary (high school) staff to teach 6th grade. Their second choice would be to hire an additional teacher for the 6th grade. 2--Electives The committee determined priorities for electives in both the elementary and secondary (high school) levels. For the elementary level, their recommendations were music, art, physical activity (PE) and computers. At the secondary level, their priorities were: Foreign language (Spanish is most desired, some students may want other language choices via the internet or IEN), Music- band, choir (maintained, if not expanded:), Business (accounting, computers), Industrial arts (Four key areas - welding, auto/ small engine, auto CAD, wood), Ag Science (expand current successful FFA program), Life skills classes (Foods, Consumer science, Health, Teen living, Textiles). 3 Class periods. Recommendation: Try a combination of block (90 min), some traditional 50/60-minute class periods. Recommend common blocks for IEN in AM/PM. 4 Delivery of AP and dual credit courses Use Internet/IEN to expand these. 5 Sharing resources with other districts Recommendation: Explore options to share curriculum across districts. 6--The Four-day week This is possibly the biggest and most controversial change. The committee recommended that the school board consider changing to a four-day (8:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday) week schedule. The recommendation was made for the following benefits: Improved Attendance Ability to share resources through the IEN (Interactive video classroom) with other schools who are already using a four-day week schedule (Cambridge, SR, HSB, GV). Ability to provide remediation on Fridays. Reduced amount of time for students out of class as sporting events and professional development activities will be held on Friday's when possible Increased contact time with students. (This seems like it would be the opposite but it doesn't work out that way.) The committee would like the board to hold two public meetings to share this recommendation with the community to get their comments. There will be another public meeting (one was held on April 12) to discuss and take comment on the shop levy and the recommendations from the curriculum committee in regards to the structure of the elementary and the four-day school week. This public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19. The shop levy meeting will run from 6:00-7:00, and the meeting to discuss recommendations by the curriculum committee will run from 7:00-8:00. Both meetings will be held in the high school library. Board members and staff will be in attendance to meet with those who have questions. Superintendent Dalgleish's View Dalgleish is interested in pursuing the four-day week concept: "There might be some money saving, but that's not the purpose. I think the four-day week fits in with the curriculum and other things that we're trying to do. IEN is one, increasing hours is another, remediation is another. They're all pieces of this puzzle of trying to get better at what we're doing, and if this will be the vehicle that will help us do some of those things, then I think we should try it. I've gotta tell you, I was not a big proponent of the four-day week; I never have been. But with the change in circumstances, we have to do something to be competitive" On the Idaho Education Network, which allows remote classrooms to be taught from, or to, other schools: "We have the tool, and we need to figure out how to use it. I don't want to wait two or three years down the road while the tool just sits there. I want to get on it. I want to get the consortium of cooperating, class-sharing schools going so we can share expertise between schools. With the financial environment that we're in right now, it doesn't make sense that we all do the exact some thing in every little community. We have to get a litde bit smarter" On why the school board needs to move quickly: "We need" to get going on this. We don't even have a calendar for next year, and that's going to be totally dependent on whether we do a four-day week or not." Council High School Student of the Week April 18, 2012 BY FRAN OGDEN Suzi Meza is a athlete, artist, strong academic student and much more. At the weekly staff meeting Suzi was selected to be the student of the week for Council High School. Staff describe Suzi as smart, on task, responsible, hard working, studious, helpful, polite and a young person who values education. She has a strong work ethic and is a good role model for other students. She works as a mentor helping students with math. In addition to academics she plays volleyball and is in track. Her quilt won second place in youth division last year in the national competition. She is a junior and a member of national honor society. She is the daughter of Delores and Rafael Meza of Council. Council High School Student of the Week April 11, 2012 BY FRAN OGDEN According to the staff Council High School she is respectful and Student of the week very teachable. She plays for this week is Cory basketball and helps Allred, daughter of on the family farm. Mona and David AllredAccording to the staff of Indian Valley. Cory and her peers she is very is conscientious, goal deserving of this award driven, and polite, of student of the week. We regret that no pictures were provided for last week or this week's student of the week. Your n Transfer your Rx Kelly Ross, CPhT ACHC PHARMACY Inside Adams County Health Clinic 205 N. Berkley, Council Idaho 208-253-4957 Where you are treated like family! Continued from front page of implementing a baseball and/or softball program next year. If both teams were established, the cost would be about $7,000. Neither Howe nor the board seemed to have a very accurate idea of how many students would take part in those sports, so they are inviting the public to attend the next school board meeting (May 14) to voice their interest, q-he board will make a decision at that meeting. The Shop Project & Levy ~Ihe shop fundraising organization has raised a total of over $46,000 so far, and good progress is being made on restoring the shop building. School board chairman Wayne Freedman- announced that Pete Johnston had arranged for an additional $25,000 in state funds, which had been allocated to the county for energy conservation, to be transferred to the shop project. The county was not going to be able to use this money, so Pete contacted the state, and the state agreed that if the county would release the%funds back to them, the}f would redistribute those funds to the school district for the purpose of connecting the biomass plant to the shop, The cost of the connection has been estimated at $35,000, but energy savings were predicted to recoup that cost in as little as two years. The $25,000 should reduce that time by about 70%. Freedman said that he had checked with the County Treasurer on the amount the shop levy will cost the tax payers if it passes. For every $100,000 in property value, about $35 would be added per year. Homeowners will be able to deduct the homeowners exemption from that valuation. An easy way to figure the additional cost for any particular property is to start with $100,000 and add $3.50 for each $10,000 in value above $100,000 - or subtract $3.50 for every $10,000 below $100,000 in value. Any property owner can call the Treasurer's office to get an exact figure. Meetings to inform the public, and to gather public input concerning the shop, the levy, and school curriculum/ schedule changes were scheduled for the evenings of April 12 & 19. The board voted to accept and pursue the recommendations of the curriculum committee. In executive session, the board hired Brian Joyce as Jr. High track coach. Council Valley Free Library Book Shelf New Books at the Council Library Adult Fiction The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark, Capitol Murder by Philip Margolin A Feast for Crows by George Martin Guilty Wives by James Patterson A Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan Nonfiction Wild by Cheryl Strayed Juvenile Fiction Pugs in a Bug by Carolyn Crimi The Pirates of Plagiarism by Kathleen Fox Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure by Daniel Kirk Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day by Cynthia Rylant Ohiokel Fish you can eat Noon - 5pro Seven Devils Care Proceeds go to the Burn-Out Fund Call 253-6073 L~ . :i J i