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CCS committee vote on curriculum for 2013

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Clay Community Schools Central Curriculum Committee met Tuesday, Dec. 4, to discuss and vote on changes in the course description booklet for the 2013-14 school year.

The committee, led by Kathy Knust, coordinator of curriculum and instruction for CCS, is made up of approximately 40 teachers, students, parents, administrators and community members. The committee exists to give members a chance to provide input in curriculum development.

"This committee is a small part of what runs a school corporation on an every day basis," Knust said.

The committee first reviewed guidelines for new course proposals before moving on to course deletions for the 2013-14 school year. Six courses in the business department, one course in the math department and 13 classes in the technology department will be eliminated in accordance with changes from the Indiana Department of Education. One course in the science department at Northview High School was eliminated due to not enough interest in the course from students.

The committee approved all course deletions unanimously.

Next, the committee approved course changes for 62 courses in the agriculture, art, business, English, family consumer science, health, mathematics, science, vocational and world language departments.

Course changes included such things as prerequisite requirements, course description wording and dual credit availability offered.

Finally, the committee approved course additions. Some course additions included bringing back classes that had not been offered for several years, and some were new additions.

New courses were added to the agriculture, business, English, family consumer science, science, social studies and technology education departments.

A major focus of the course additions was in agriculture and technology, and giving students more hands-on education.

The corporation is also working to help students receive dual credit through certain courses. Dual credit would allow students to earn credit at the college level from local colleges such as Vincennes University and Indiana State University for some of the courses that are offered. This allows students to earn a certain amount of college credit before graduating high school.

"Education is ever-changing," Knust said about the curriculum changes, "and we are making some big, exciting changes for CCS."

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