The total projected deficit for the 2014-2015 school year is $2 million.
• Consider a recommendation to conduct summer school — both high school academic courses and driver’s education — at the high school, credit recovery for ninth-graders at Kenneth D. Bailey Academy, summer school for sixth- through eighth-graders at North Ridge Middle School as well as special education summer school. There will be no elementary school level summer school offered.
• Consider approving two new courses — career-skills math and career-skills reading — that would go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year and affect the Class of 2015. The semester-long courses, which would be part of the DHS school improvement plan, would ensure all students are college and career ready. The courses would aim to improve student competency in math and reading and would be required of all seniors in order to graduate unless a student demonstrates proficiency by earning a meets or exceeds on the Prairie State Achievement Examination’s math and/or reading tests or by scoring a 5 or higher on the WorkKeys applied math and/or reading for information tests. If approved, the curriculum for the courses will be developed in consultation with Vermilion Advantage and will be aligned to the National Career Readiness Certificate Program.
• Review the first reading of a proposed curriculum change at the high school in which all freshmen would take either biology or honors biology. Human life science and cellular life science would no longer be offered.
• Review the first reading of a proposed change in the New Tech house at the high school in which New Tech would become a four-year program rather than three years.
“The philosophy of New Tech is project-based learning,” Denman said. “It is recommended that it starts with freshmen.”
• Consider purchasing middle school math textbooks for sixth through eighth grades at a cost of $39,518.