HHS Principal Marty Straub discussed the changes with board of education members in December.
At least one new foreign language class, heritage Spanish speakers, will be added to the curriculum, Straub
said, noting he
also is considering the addition of Mandarin Chinese language classes.
The heritage Spanish speakers class was offered in the past, then discontinued.
"In hindsight, we really should have kept in heritage Spanish speaking," Straub
"We'd like to reinstate that."
also is "testing the waters" for classes in Mandarin Chinese.
"It's the second most powerful economic system in the world, (and the) most populous nation in the world," Straub
"There will be not less communication, but more communication with that country."
The district also might be able to tap into Fort Hays State University's relationship with China.
hasn't looked for a Mandarin Chinese teacher yet, and that might be a barrier.
"I hope there's some interest," he
Eliminating most art department fees last year was a good move, Straub
"What we should have done is ... collect art fees in advance for those things that do go home with students," he
Students now must pay the total cost before starting the project.
The other change is moving business economics from social studies to the business department.
As a business class "it's a business credit and social studies credit at the same time" and allows flexibility in students' schedules, Straub
BOE member James Leiker thanked Straub "for pushing forward and becoming innovative" with the curriculum.
Straub also told the board, with Superintendent Dean Katt's help finding ways to share costs, some science teachers attended a national conference in Denver.
The district has capable people, "but sometimes you have to go hear the experts," Straub