By Judd Weil
The Unified School District 443 Board of Education approved 6-1 to purchase the tools needed to implement the new K-12 Math Materials Adoption, changing the curriculums that USD 443 students from all grades will use to learn math.
The elementary schools will adopt Great Mind’s Eureka Math.
Dodge City Middle School and Comanche Middle School will adopt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Math.
Dodge City High School will adopt Mcgraw Hill’s Reveal Math. Reveal Math will also be adopted for 8th grade algebra courses.
Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum Scott Springston gave a cost estimate that is not to exceed a total $2.2 million but that final financial considerations are still in negotiation.
Board member Traci Rankin was the only opposing vote, holding reservations that Eureka Math, also known as Engage New York Math, is an appropriate curriculum for students and families.
“Feedback I have received from parents and teachers over my time on the board has often been pointed at frustration over Common Core math or Engage New York Math,” said Rankin. “Parents in our community have a finite amount of time with their children each night to do homework.
“When a parent cannot help their child with their homework while they are elementary age that is difficult for a parent.”
Rankin’s concerns were also in the fact that not everyone in the community has internet access.
She also felt that using the same curriculum for transitioning from elementary to middle school would have been easier for students, and that the curriculum used was not Eureka Math/Engage New York Math.
Teachers will be working to ready and familiarize themselves with the new curriculum by the time the 2021 fall semester arrives.
The Feb. 8 meeting yielded two special presentations that evening.
Dodge City High School Strength and Conditioning teacher Jeff Brull was honored by the Board of Education for being recognized and receiving the NHSSCA State Coach of the Year award.
“That’s quite an honor and we are excited to show him our congratulations and appreciation,” said Board Chairwoman Lisa Killion. “We appreciate your dedication to our student athletes and your outstanding leadership.”
Dodge City High School student Alondra Valle was recognized for being awarded the $64,000 Gore Scholarship from Wichita State University.
“The Gore Scholarship is awarded to freshman students because of leadership potential, it remains one of Kansas’s most prestigious scholarship,” explained Killion.
The Board of Education approved 7-0, the bid for a new forklift for the maintenance department from Lift Truck Center Inc. in the amount of $29,395.60.
The decision to purchase a replacement was determined to be more cost effective than repairing the 16-year-old forklift.
The nutrition department’s request to purchase four more food sealing machines from Form Plastics was approved 7-0 and will be paid with money from the CARES Act in the amount of $46,752.
The Board of Education will meet again at Feb. 22 at noon.