Carrollton to add new science course next year
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By Carmen Ensinger
Carrollton High School students will have a new course to choose from next year after the school board approved the addition of a new science based class called Field Biology at the Jan. 23 school board meeting.
According to High School Principal Leslee Frazier, the course will be an elective and will be open for sophomores, juniors and senior students,
“This course will not count as a credit towards their science requirement,” Frazier said. “However, it will give the kids another option and another elective to choose from. Plus, it won’t cost us anything because we already have all the materials needed to teach it.”
Board President Rodney Reif thought it would be a good addition to the curriculum.
“I think it sounds like a very interesting course and something the kids will enjoy,” he said. “It is just too bad that it can’t count as a credit.”
Business teacher Jenna Heck’s request to take the FBLA members on an overnight trip to the FBLA State Conference in Springfield at the Crown Plaza on April 14-15 was approved by the board.
Heck will be taking 30 students on the overnight trip. They will leave early Friday and return Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the students,” Heck said. “They make a lot of connections at this conference and have the opportunity to do a lot of networking that will be useful down the road.”
Reif agreed and remembers his days in FBLA.
“I remember these conferences well,” he said. “As a student it was a lot of fun and, looking back, it was a valuable learning tool.”
Superintendent Mark Halwachs, in his monthly report, reported that the monthly Penny Sales Tax check was another really good one at $21,783 for the month.
He also said that the engineers have been down looking at both buildings in regards to the upcoming solar project.
“Hopefully, they will soon have a finalized cost on what this project is going to cost the district,” Halwachs said. “At the moment they are looking at the structure of the roofs. Right now, the incentives from the federal government are just too good to pass up right now.”
The district accepted the resignation of District Treasurer Becky Howard, effective Feb. 22. Howard has been with the district almost 15 years. Howard thanked the board for the opportunity to work for the district and requested that she be allowed to address the board upon leaving to give them her ideas of basically what is going good in the district and what needs improvement having been with the district for so long.
Hired as District Human Resources and Payroll Secretary to take the place of Howard was Tracy Vincent.
The board also accepted the resignation of Callie Irwin as guidance counselor.