School board seeks to add 7 new courses


Seven new technology, science and health courses would be added to the high school curriculum if the Board of Education approves a proposal at today's 4 p.m. meeting.

The new classes include Current Health Issues, and Basic Research Designs and Methods, a core class for the new technology education program that is due to start at River Hill High School and at the new eastern high school, both scheduled to open in 1996.

The new classes also include Mathematics, Science and Technology I and II, which will replace the three Science Research classes that let students do independent research projects. There will also be a Home Economics class that will let students enrolled in the Child Care Completer Program work in day care centers to gain experience.

Other new courses are Principals of Technology I and II, developed to satisfy the state Department of Education requirements for advanced technology education credits, and Principals of Technology, which will integrate math and science with technology.

The additions replace such offerings as Woodworking IV and two health classes: Family Life and Human Development, and Health and Wellness Issues.

Among other matters to be considered by the board today:

* Superintendent Michael E. Hickey will ask the board to continue with the five school system goals set two years ago.

The goals are: to improve human relations within the school system; improve performance of marginally achieving students; strengthen parent-home ties; develop more effective means of assessing student performance; and continue the inclusion process involving special education students.

"A lot of progress was made on the human relations goal and, in spite of all the controversy that we heard about inclusion, a lot of progress was made on inclusion," Mr. Hickey said earlier this week.

* Mamie Perkins, health education supervisor, will present her report on the Family Life and Human Sexuality Program. Between 97 percent and 99 percent of the county's fifth- through ninth-graders enroll in the program, which includes information on puberty and development of sexual characteristics.

* The board will vote on whether to increase tuition rates for out-of-county students by 2 percent to 3 percent.

Under the proposal, kindergartners who live in-state would pay $2,360 this fall to attend county schools, up $140 from the 1993-94 school year. Elementary and secondary students would pay $4,710 this fall, a $140 increase from the previous fall.

Out-of-state kindergartners, meanwhile, would pay $3,155 a year, $65 more than this past school year. Other students from out-of-state would pay $6,310 a year, up $130 from the past school year.

In the 1993-'94 school year, the county billed 32 out-of-county students for tuition.

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