Waynesboro prepares to overhaul curriculum

August 08, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Area School District officials are eager to get to work on an overhaul of its curriculum after the district was accepted this summer into a nationwide consortium of model schools.

"We will revise our curriculum to increase student achievement," said Assistant Superintendent Gloria Pugliano.

The school district received a grant through the office of state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-Waynesboro, which will support its partnership with the International Center for Leadership in Education, Pugliano said.

The Curriculum Cabinet, which includes Pugliano and about 35 administrators and department chairs, will hold its first session Aug. 19.

At the meeting, the group will hear from a speaker about establishing "a rigorous and relevant curriculum for this century," Pugliano said.


Willard Daggett, who heads the leadership program, will hold a community meeting at the Waynesboro Country Club on Oct. 6 and address the faculty on Oct. 7.

Pugliano said the cabinet will start working on the high school curriculum before addressing the lower grades in a process that is expected to take several years for the 4,200-student school district.

"This is really something I believe will put us on the map," she said. "As part of the consortium we will have a curriculum matrix available with all of the standards being tested in the state of Pennsylvania."

The curriculum changes will "address the needs of today and the future," Pugliano said.

"Most of the reading and writing people do in the real world is technical. We need to teach kids to know how to do that," she said. "I think that will be a major change that we really need to hone in on."

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