Tuesday, January 28, 2014
C. J. Huff on board approval of new JHS courses: This is a historic moment
"This is a historic moment for Joplin and for our nation," Superintendent C. J. Huff said.
Huff said he will present a copy of the new JHS course catalog to Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday. "I will be handing the governor of Missouri our course handbook."
Nixon will be in Joplin for the ribbon-cutting at the new Soaring Heights Elementary School.
Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer said the new courses and the ideas, including students designing their own classes with the help of teachers, had enthusiastic backing from DESE (the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
"Nobody in the country is doing this," Besendorfer said. "This is groundbreaking."
All of the extra courses will not affect the district budget, Besendorfer said. "We're not going to break the bank."
Board member Annie Sharp asked, "Are we hiring more teachers?"
High School Principal Kerry Sachetta said there would be no need to hire any new teachers in the core areas, which would indicate that since the number of core classes are going to be increased, including diferent sections of all four years of English for students, depending on which of the five career pathways they chose, that Joplin High School teachers may be asked to triple or even quadruple their workload, or perhaps even more, since individual students are being encouraged to work with faculty members to create new classes.