By RODNEY D. BOAM
Trevor Keller, Tracy Keller, and Hailey Hamblin urged the Preston School Board to find funding for the Spanish immersion program. The board agreed there is great value to the program, but they had tabled the matter in a previous board meeting because of a lack of funding.
Preston School Board Chairman Fred Titensor said the school has separate budgets that come from different sources and cannot be mingled. The funding for construction comes from different sources than funding for educational programs. Preston school superintendent Joel Wilson is looking at two different grant opportunities to fund the immersion program.
The board and superintendent commended the two programs and those responsible for making them successful.
The third grade teachers were commended for improved reading scores of their students. The students reading scores improved from 66 percent of students ranked as proficient in the fall to 80 percent of proficient on winter tests.
Also the English as a second language (ESL) staff was commended for their students exceeding state department requirements for adequate progress, growth, and proficiency levels. ESL students have exceeded state department requirements for three years in a row.
Doug West and Terry Larsen were welcomed as charter school board members. Health occupations, electronics and business applications are being taught through the charter school at PHS. Charter school classes have gone on field trips to ISU, BYU-Idaho and an EMT convention in Salt Lake City.
Next fall, career exploration classes will be offered at the junior high level for students interested in pursuing health and medical occupations, as well as other professional and technical careers.
Dual credit classes are being promoted. It was reported there are 20 PHS students taking the ACT prep class.
The board discussed the early graduation application process. They wanted to urge students to take college courses as high school students rather than taking an easier route to a GED and missing out on the rigor of dual credit classes and social opportunities PHS offers.
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