Several changes will be included in courses for next year's Havre High School students that Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved Tuesday, the largest being the creation of a study skills course for special needs students for credit. The students in the current study skills class are required to take the course, during which more is expected of them than students in study halls, Havre High School Principal Jerry Vandersloot said. Students in study halls work on homework or draw, he said, but special needs students are required to take the study skills class to get the support they need with their core classes. Under the new class, students will be able to earn up to two credits in their high school careers for taking the course that counts as an elective. State law specifies the classes in which students can be described as having disabi l i t ies, said Karla Wohlwend, the district's special education director, adding that approximately 80 high school students are identified as special education students. A student might have a disability in reading, but that disability actually affects his performance in other classes like English and social studies, she said. Having the study skills class provides those students with support in all their classes, she added. IN BRIEF • A 2006 coach bus has been added to the district's fleet, and as a result trustees unanimously approved placing the 1981 MCI-MC9 coach bus out to bid. Sealed bids for amounts of no less than $3,000 must be received at Robins Administration Building by 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. The bus can be inspected by contacting Jim Donovan at 265-9032. • Unanimously approved the hiring of Andy Sever with the Montana School Board Association to negotiate contracts for the Teamsters and Havre Pa r a p r o f e s s i o n a l Ed u c a t i o n Association, at a cost estimated Between $2,000 and $3,000. • Unanimously accepted several changes to the high school handbook, including specifying that summer school's purpose is for credit recovery; clarifying the definition of dual credit; adding a subsection identifying academic support programs and services; specifying that shorts and skirts must be "mid-thigh;" strengthening the severity of punishment for plagiarism; rewording the section pertaining to video cameras on campus; and allowing cell phone use during a student's lunch period. The changes take effect next year. • Unanimously approved the second reading of revisions to the district policy pertaining to a tobacco-free district. Karla Wohlwend agreed to research what would need to be done to revise the policy to include the smoking of medical marijuana as being prohibited. • Approved the following personnel actions: — Resignations: Julanne Gauger, effective June 14, Havre High School assistant principal; Tiffany Fawcett and Lacey Cote, paraprofessionals. — Reassignment: Karla Bolken, effective Aug. 24, high school teacher to high school counselor. — Appointed: Melissa Frickel, paraprofessional; Ryan Joy, Tyson Roe and Dan Wirtzberger, high school varsity assistant football coaches; and Dana Roe, high school freshman football coach. • Upcoming meetings include: a special meeting at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Robins Administration Building; a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Robins Administration Building; a special meeting to canvas election results at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 , i n t h e Ro b i n s Administration Building; a reorganizational meeting Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School assembly room, with a regularly scheduled meeting following immediately after. • Upcoming events include: The 20th annual Salute to Seniors Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Havre Middle School; the PRIDE celebration scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. at Havre High School; baccalaureate ceremonies will be held in the high school auditorium at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 16; and graduation will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the high school gymnasium, with seniors scheduled to line up at 3:15 p.m.
Changes OK'd at Havre High
Published: Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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