- Learned that Northeast Elementary Magnet School had both the highest attendance as well as the most improved attendance for the 2012-13 school year in the district. The school will receive two free laptop or desk computers.
- Reviewed a first reading of the modified curriculum for the following DHS classes so they are aligned to the Common Core standards: freshman English, sophomore English, junior literature, GLOBAL senior English, minority literature, speech, advanced composition and journalism.
- Voted 4-3 to approve a new math class for DHS next school year. Board members Bill Dobbles, Bragorgos and Henderson cast the dissenting votes.
The new class, transitional algebra, will focus on fundamental pre-algebra skills, targeting incoming freshmen who have significant deficits in their math skills. The course will prepare them to take algebra I their sophomore year.
Dobbles, however, said, “I’m disappointed with the curricula for this class.
“We should be testing all the kids when they come to the high school,” he said.
“The idea is don’t let them fall behind,” Dobbles added. “We can’t have 15-year-olds in fourth grade, but detaining them a grade is a disservice, too.”
Board member Dr. Randal Ashton concurred, saying the need for such a “catch-up” class raises bigger questions about the district’s policy on promoting students to the next grade level.
“We’re going to have to have a huge discussion on the progression from grade to grade,” he said.