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New supportive math course being considered by educators

PHS sophomores could benefit from the additional help

PRINCETON — A fraction of the student body at Princeton High School needs a boost in the math department.

To help bridge a gap, administrators and teachers have proposed a new supportive math course for students taking Math 2 instruction.

The proposal went before the school board during its regular meeting Wednesday. Principal Andy Berlinski said the new course is designed to mirror the math courses being taught during freshman and junior years.

“It would be for students who need extra support. It would be for an elective credit. They would not be getting a math credit for this,” he said.

Right now at PHS, there are Math 1, 2 and 3 instruction classes. Both Math 1 and Math 3 have supportive courses, but no backing is offered for Math 2.

“This Math 2 support class would be bridging that gap … and providing support our students really need,” Berlinski said. “They’re used to having that support.”

Berlinski added that it was students who came forward questioning why there was no support class for Math 2. When a poll was taken and nearly 30 students stated they needed the extra help, serious consideration for the new course began.

Board President John Young said his only fear is how it will impact elective opportunities.

“The more you take a course that isn’t an elective course … the less you’re able to take other things,” he said.

Berlinski said that point of view was closely considered, but ultimately it was believed if failures could be prevented at the sophomore level, it would create more opportunities at the junior and senior levels for students who then wouldn’t be forced to take repeats.

“In a way, they’re only changing the time of when they’d be taking those elective courses,” he said.

The board will vote on the new course proposal during its next regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. in the learning resource center.

In other news, the board:

• Approved the tentative tax levy based on a Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) increase of 3.24 percent. Superintendent Kirk Haring reminded board members it’s best practice to levy a little higher to avoid leaving money on the table. So realistically, the district plans to receive taxes based around 2 to 2.25 percent, according to Haring.

• Approved the appointments of Joe Bates as head softball coach; Mark Rabe and Erick Wahlgren as volunteer basketball coaches, and Tyler Wood as volunteer wrestling coach.

• Recognized six November students of the month: Maggie Davis, a freshman, Maya Gartin, a freshman, Lance Stowe, a junior, Kylee Otley, a junior, Emily Smith, a sophomore, and Kyle Sarver, a freshman.

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