Fifteen committees of parents and educators that spent the summer brainstorming ideas for the new high school will report their results to the public next week.
The ideas for new programs range from character education classes and mentoring teams to ways of merging the student governments and various clubs now operating at the two high schools that will be closed when the new Niagara Falls High School opens next fall.
Two public meetings of the High School Quality Council were announced during a work session of the School Board on Thursday evening.
The first will be held on Monday from 6 to 8:20 p.m. in the LaSalle High School Library. It will present the work of four action teams, dealing with character education at 6:25 p.m., student assessment at 6:50, ninth-grade transition at 7:25 and staff development at 7:50 p.m.
The second public meeting will be on Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Teacher Resource Center. Endowed chairs will be discussed at 8:45 a.m.; individualized student programs at 9:15; study skills and literacy at 9:45; student leadership at 10:30; student clubs at 11; flex time and scheduling at 11:30; diversity training at noon; sports at 1:30 p.m.; mentoring at 2; and technology at 2:30 p.m.
The board also released drafts of the final recommendations of the committees, including the one dealing with the thorny problem of how to merge the clubs that now operate at LaSalle High and at its rival, the old Niagara Falls High.
The most important activity that must be merged is student government. A Student Leadership Forum will be created this month to examine the old student council charters and write a new one. The forum will choose an entirely new form of student government from three models. Members also will serve as a liaison between students and the administration and work to encourage student participation in student government at the new school.
The Student Leadership Forum will consist of the present student government officers from both schools, the class presidents and two additional student representatives from each school. They are to meet once a month with faculty advisers and present the new charter by next May 1.
The dozens of existing clubs in both schools will send their present student leaders and advisers to form a committee that will create a process for forming new clubs. Those interesting in merging their clubs during the current school year may do so, with consideration for the needs of seniors who will be graduating next June from the old high schools.
Charters for the merged clubs are to be completed by Dec. 1.
Entirely new clubs may also be formed for the new high school, and a process is being created for bringing together interested students to assess the need, the required staffing and equipment and proposed budget.
The School Board's next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, preceded by an agenda review at 5:30, in the Annex Conference Room at Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street.