The driver’s education has been dropped from the Iola-Scandinavia School District’s curriculum.
The decision to drop the classroom component of driver’s education for the 2010-11 school year was approved by the I-S School Board at its Nov. 8 meeting. The behind-the-wheel portion of the program had been dropped prior to the 2009-10 school year.
Only 17 out of 54 sophomores enrolled in the program this year, explained Curriculum Committee chair Colleen Sykes. She indicated that most students are taking the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction from an outside source. “We will fill the space with other offerings,” she stated.
Other curriculum changes involved renaming some courses to be consistent with Department of Public Instruction terminology.
Board member Dan Loken requested that an environmental science or agriculture-type course be offered as an elective.
“I agree there is a void there, but our science teachers have full schedules,” District Administrator Joe Price explained. He indicated it may be possible in the future to offer that type of class every other year.
In other business, the board approved a cheerleading program on a trial basis for the current school year.
The board also approved a band trip to Dallas, Texas, March 23-27, 2011.