District to consider addition of health class
The freshman orientation class might not exist after this year. A health class could soon be replacing the required orientation class.
Curriculum Director Connie Wehmeyer told the Baldwin Board of Education at Monday's meeting that the district should consider implementing a required health class that would take the place of freshman orientation.
The current orientation class is designed to introduce health issues, improve reading and study skills. Wehmeyer told the board members that too much information is attempting to be taught in the class, making it difficult to spend an adequate amount of time on one subject.
Though the class is supposed to cover health issues, she said, required quality performance accreditation health guidelines are not being met because the class' focus is too large.
New health standards will be in place later this year, Wehmeyer said, and it would be a good time for the district to set up a health class for the next school year.
She told the board there were a few ways the district could offer the class, including teaching health as an extension of physical education. Instead of taking a full year of physical education, like is offered currently, students would take a semester of health and a semester of physical education. Several area schools, she said, already offer similar health and physical education arrangements.
Wehmeyer said the district would continue to look at the health class options so, if needed, a decision could be made in time for the next school year.
In other business, the school board:
- Approved in a 7-0 vote a contract for the 2004-2005 audit to be completed by Lowenthal, Singleton, Webb and Wilson.
- Approved in a 7-0 vote not to purchase caps and gowns for district staff and board members for senior graduation. Supt. James White said the decision not to purchase caps and gowns will save the district between $2,000 and $3,000.
Board member Lonnie Broers said he didn't think the district could spend the money on the graduation attire when it was faced with budget problems.
"I think the money could be spent better elsewhere," he said.
- Met in executive session for personnel and negotiations. Following executive session, the board approved in a 7-0 vote the resignation of Jill Wells as BHS art teacher and the employment recommendations of Melissa Shreve and Gail Armbrister as BHS assistant softball coaches and Bob Timmons as BHS assistant track coach.