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NEED SEEN TO EXPAND FACILITIES AT IROQUOIS

Iroquois School Superintendent Michael Glover said Monday that the district's enrollment is rapidly approaching 3,000 and will require additional space.

Currently, the enrollment for all six buildings in the district from kindergarten through Grade 12 is 2,914. However, when special-education classes, private placements, occupational skills and Board of Cooperative Educational Services students are added, the enrollment jumps to 2,969, Glover said.

He said the district is continuing to grow as others grow smaller.

He said he will be talking to the district's architect, Gordon Jones, about additional classroom space at the high school. He said the enrollment there will reach 1,000 in a few years.

According to Glover, state aid would cover 82 percent of the costs for renovations.

The board heard a presentation from the science department on the districts' new science curriculum for kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Science department chairman Richard Mruk and Nick Hejaily, science chairman in the Williamsville Central School District, explained a pilot curriculum developed by 14 teachers, including two from the Holland School District.

Mruk said it includes restructuring the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics.

At the high school level, the core curriculum has changed to include four Regents-level courses of earth science, biology, chemistry and physics, three Advanced Placement courses in biology, chemistry and physics, two general-level courses and two half-year electives.

There are plans for a new Advanced Placement course in environmental science, and the committee is looking at a pre-engineering course and an integrated science course.

At the elementary level, pupils will continue to use BOCES science kits that meet the new state standards, and teachers will reinforce the science with the everyday math program.

At the intermediate level, fifth-graders will be given a science journal to keep from year to year and will go with the pupil to the next grade, connecting past learning to current learning. Teachers are still working out the logistics for the journals.

Sara Foster, editor and reporter for the Elma Review, was recognized by the board for her service to the district.

Building and Grounds Superintendent Larry Bishop told the board the state plans to upgrade the school inspection process, beginning in November.

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