The decision to implement the MYP was not made arbitrarily. Christopher Pellettieri, the assistant superintendent for curriculum, explained that because of the Common Core Standards, the district would have to make changes to the middle school curriculum.
“But we want to do it under a lens or in a means that we know is going to work,” Pellettieri said. “And that’s from our experience in the high school with the I.B.”
Implementing Common Core has other costs for the district. New textbooks have to be purchased, and teachers will have to be trained in the new curriculum.
Also proposed for 2013-14 was the addition of a boys’ swim team at the high school, which would cost $31,500. The suggestion to add the team came after numerous requests from parents and students. Also, with Nassau County planning to keep the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park open, the team would have a place to practice and compete.
The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 112 of South Side High. The rest of the budget will be discussed, as will cuts to keep the proposed spending plan under the tax cap. The public is encouraged to attend.
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