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School board to consider funding for two new courses

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on July 11, 2018 – 12:36 amNo Comment

When the board of education for Alpena Public Schools meets Monday, it will be asked to support the purchase of two new courses.

It should be a fairly easy decision since both programs are supported by administrators and both will be paid for outside of the district’s general fund budget.

Meaghan Gauthier, director of K-12 instruction, told a board committee Tuesday, that materials for a Second Step Social-Emotional Learning course will cost roughly $23,200.  The course, which teaches students how to better cope with both social and emotional issues is being expanded to all K-8 classrooms following a successful trial at Hinks and Lincoln elementary schools.

Gauthier said the materials are being paid for with federal funds.

A new Project Lead The Way course for fifth grade students will give those kids an opportunity to learn more about robotics.  Project Lead The Way courses integrate equipment, technology, and supplies into the curriculum to give kids hands-on experiences and opportunities to apply what they learn in a meaningful way.

The new course will cost roughly $35,346.  It will paid for through a Besser Foundation grant.  Supplies for the course are coming from The Robot Space, a robotics parts and accessories distributor.

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