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Schools committee's recommendations to be reviewed for cost

June 07, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

The recommendations of a Washington County Public Schools committee that looked into issues such as year-round classes and arts schools will be reviewed to see how much implementing the recommendations would cost, Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Wednesday.

"The next step is to have someone at the (School Board's) central office put costs to it and talk to schools and the community to see if there's interest, Morgan said.

The committee, called Study Groups for Specialized Programs and Models, presented their report to the School Board on Tuesday.

The group's conclusions included:

-- Charter schools might not work in the county.

-- Paired/sister schools could balance socio-economic qualities, and provide parents with more choices.

-- Kindergarten thorugh eighth-grade schools could increase parent participation.

-- Some at Bester and Winter Street elementary schools have expressed interest in year-round schools. Such a school schedule would affect traditional family lifestyles and habits.

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-- There should be a county school for the arts.

-- There should be magnet schools with gifted and talented, and math, science and technology programs.

Morgan said she plans to have Fountaindale Elementary School be a magnet school in the coming school year.

Fountaindale would focus on arts programs while having a program for highly gifted students within the school, she said.

Morgan organized the groups to look for ways to boost student achievement.

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