DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members will consider approving several new courses Wednesday to be offered at Danville High School starting next school year.
The new offerings include a college prep math course, a chamber ensemble in music, a botany class in science, two dual-credit social studies classes: Western Civilization I & II, and an Introduction to Family and Food Sciences class and a business entrepreneurship class, both in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
With the proposed course offerings, DHS students would be able to take the college prep math class for free at the high school rather than pay to take a remedial math course if they attend Danville Area Community College.
The two dual-credit social studies classes would earn DHS students college credit while they are still in high school.
Introduction to Family and Food Sciences, which would be offered beginning next school year, would focus on four areas: nutrition, sanitation and wellness; food resources and preparation; family dynamics and development; and visual and apparel merchandising and hospitality foundations.
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education John Hart said district officials have received several phone calls from parents who are “excited” about the modern-day home economics course.
The business entrepreneurship class, which is part of the CTE program’s third-year expansion plans, is expected to unveil a business incubator during the 2020-2021 school year.
Local businesspeople would be recruited to sit on a board of directors or be part of the instruction themselves. Teams of two or three students would develop projects in the incubator that they would present to Shark Tank-like experts.
In addition to the business entrepreneurship class, DHS also will offer next school year an electronics and robotics lab as well as a career lab where students can come in for resources and work on their LinkedIn pages or on certifications.
Also on Wednesday, board members will:
• Review a first reading of the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting/igrow program memorandum of understanding which is a partnership between District 118 and other county, state and federal agencies to serve Vermilion County children and families through home visiting programs. The partnership connects families to resources and supports -- such as health care, development service, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention and nutritional education or assistance -- to make a difference in a child’s health, development and ability to learn.
• Consider approving updates to the Board of Education policy.
• Review a first reading of the district’s math audit and work plan. Superintendent Alicia Geddis said she plans to recommend that the woman who conducted the audit be hired to serve as a districtwide math coach, especially since there is a teacher shortage and Geddis wants to start work on improving math scores immediately.
“We’ve already recognized the deficiency in our math scores,” Geddis said about standardized testing. “She will be a K-12 coach and will be in every building in the district.”
• Discuss a vendor advertising agreement that would allow the district to sell advertising to be placed on the new scoreboard at DHS.
• Consider bids for the purchase and installation of a new dehumidifier system for the pool at DHS.