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Waynesboro school board to discuss science curriculum

February 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board plans to meet at 7 tonight at Summitview Elementary School to learn more about the elementary science curriculum.

On Jan. 15, an 11-year-old girl asked the board why she didn't have a science textbook to use in the classroom or for homework.

"They give us a study guide (to take home) and that's pretty much it. When they show pictures in the packets, (the photocopy) is hard to understand," Sarah Prince said.

A previous board voted in 1999 to establish a curriculum without textbooks. Some of the current board members questioned the motive.

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Teachers today are using hands-on techniques, Assistant Superintendent Gloria Pugliano said.

Sarah's father, William Prince, and board member Chris Devers said they have been frustrated by their children's handouts after school.

"You don't have the ability to reinforce it at home. ... If they have an issue, it would be much easier for me as a parent or with them to go back to a textbook," Devers said.

Devers said that "we're only giving them the classroom element of it and giving them only enough information to fill out the packets, to be quite honest with you." Quizzes follow in the next day or two, he said.

Also on the board's agenda tonight is an update on the ownership issues facing the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center, as well as a look at drafts of the 2008-09 school calendar.

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