Jenkins High School has added a new mandatory freshman science class as explained at the Chewelah School District Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 22.
The new class is the Principles of Biomedical Sciences that replaces IPS (Integrated Physical Science). The program curriculum is designed by Project Lead The Way, which is a nonprofit organization working to help schools implement programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Specifically, Biomedical Sciences is a course created to provide students with an understanding of the role biomedical sciences play in the modern world and prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing fields of biomedical and health sciences.
It will be a full year class at JHS taught by Wendy Stenbeck who has attended intensive training on the new curriculum, she said at the board meeting.
Stenbeck said the curriculum utilizes the most current technology and helps students get higher scores on the Biology EOC (end of course exam) that they will take as sophomores. She said for the schools she observed already using the curriculum, all the students seemed engaged, even the students who had no interest in science before the class.
Superintendent Rick Linehan highlighted a few results from the random phone school facility survey conducted by CSG (Construction Services Group) to find out what the majority of voters would most likely support regarding a future bond proposal.
They needed 110 surveys to give a good representation of the district population and had 112 surveys completed. The results overall were positive for a construction bond, Linehan said. Although the majority of those surveyed were over 55 and only 30 percent had kids in school, over 70 percent would support a bond whether it is at Gess Elementary for a K-8 school or at JHS for a 7-12 school.
The school board will sit down for a special work session on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. to discuss the findings in detail and figure out what kind of plan to move forward with regarding facilities.
The board approved to post for a high school volleyball and assistant volleyball coach as former coaches Stenbeck and Kevin Kernan resigned. Stenbeck said she wanted to spend more time on her new course load as academics is her priority. Since volleyball practices started Aug. 20, Tara Anderson and Melissa Church are currently coaching the team.
The board posted for a bus driver position as well.
Sixth grade student lunch prices have been reduced from $2.35 to $2.15 to be aligned with the elementary school’s current rates since sixth grade used to be at the middle school.
Brenda Gregerson reported on the The Nave Sety Scholarship, which is not receiving enough income on interest to fully fund a $1,000 scholarship for 2013.
The committee will present a formal proposal to the board prior to March 2013 to figure out a solution.
Nave Sety willed $100,000 to the school district to produce a $1,000 scholarship each year from the interest.
Linehan has recommended to the school board that they not spend the money this year on an energy audit to be eligible for an energy grant through OSPI. The energy audit could have cost up to $35,000.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff