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  • LHS principal discusses new course offerings

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  • Lansing High School Principal Steve Dike outlined Tuesday night to Lansing School Board members and school district officials new high school course additions and adjustments.
    The School Board unanimously approved the additions.
    Dike’s proposal, heard during the School Board's regular meeting, included additions to career and technical education programs, as well as adjustments to music and science curriculums.
    The course proposal suggested a new one-year culinary arts class to build technical skills within the hospitality and tourism career pathway program. The class would be a part of family consumer sciences and would cost approximately $3,000 for additional consumable supplies.
    Curriculum adjustments Dike presented also included changes to band classes.
    Several years ago, the high school's band class was divided in two. The current recommendation is to rejoin the classes, so students will be in the same course all year, but with two rehearsal spaces and two directors.
    The curriculum proposal also adds a new percussion class, which would take the current 17 students out of the regular band class, and work with them specifically.
    Percussion students would join the full band again for evening rehearsals.
    Dike suggested the arrangement would “better meet those kids’ needs.”
    The redesigned program will cost $1,000 the first year and $350 each year after that for additions to the music library and percussion-related literature.
    In the sciences, the curriculum proposal was “looking at finding more ways for application” and would provide alternatives to earth science, Dike said.
    A new “intro to forensic science” course would be a new applied science option within the Board of Regents curriculum. The course would cost $3,000 annually for new consumables and workbooks.
    In addition, a new “intro to human body systems/athletic training” course would “provide practical knowledge and experience of anatomy and biology through the use of sports medicine," according to program materials.
    Ideally, the year-long course would prepare students for work in physical therapy, kinesiology, and athletic training, and would require an internship with certified athletic trainers at the high school during practice and games.
    School Board member Richard Whitlow asked whether athletic trainers would have sufficient time to offer internships to all of the course’s students.
    Dike said school officials might look to other medical facilities in the area for future internship opportunities.
    “Kids could get a huge spectrum — pediatric to geriatric,” Whitlow said.
    Three new courses in the vocational tech VA pathway would address graphic and video design.
    “Intro to graphic design” will allow the district to complete the visual arts pathway as well as adding an additional fine arts credit. The primary cost for the course would be $5,000 for a piece of new interactive display technology.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Video production fundamentals,” another semester course, would also be included in the visual arts pathway and will require no additional costs.
    “Graphic design applications” would also fill a fine arts credit at a time when, Dike noted, “our fine arts classes are packed.”
    “This would give kids an opportunity to fill that in another area rather than traditional music or art,” Dike continued.
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