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November 9, 2002

School board to discuss curriculum changes

From: Rapid City Journal, SD
Nov. 9, 2002

RAPID CITY -- The Rapid City School Board will act on three curriculum changes when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the City/School Administration Center at 300 Sixth St.

The meeting was moved to Tuesday in recognition of Veterans Day on Monday, a school holiday for employees and students of the Rapid City School District.

If the board follows Superintendent Pete Wharton's recommendation, American Sign Language I and II would be added to the high school curriculum. The separate one-year courses would qualify for one year of modern-language credit or one year of an elective graduation requirement.

A successful pilot course in American Sign Language I has prompted requests for the second-year course.

South Dakota colleges accept American sign language for a modern-language credit.

The board will also act on a final draft of a Technology Curriculum education program for grades 6-12. Changes in the curriculum will reduce elective courses and put some courses on a rotating basis. The goal is to increase student participation in technology education.

A realigned math curriculum for all Rapid City grades is based on the state math content standards. The district's instructional council has reviewed and approved the curriculum.

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