The Juniata Valley School Board unanimously approved a two-year proposal from Eduplanet21 Inc., a company that creates online curriculum platforms, during its monthly meeting Wednesday.
The agreement comes at a total cost of $11,000.
“We’ve been talking about this for a couple years, and what we want to do is digitize our entire curriculum, K through 12,” said district superintendent Michael Zinobile. “We’re going to be able to look through each grade level and make sure there aren’t any gaps. I think this is going to be huge for us to make sure we’re covering everything that we need to. We’re going to be able to constantly change any curriculum issues that we have.”
Elementary principal Jessica Quinter is familiar with the platform from various trainings.
“The other piece about this that’s really nice is this also includes some of their online learning pathways, and I’ve done a couple of those from other trainings I’ve attended, and this one specifically includes some really great options for professional development,” she said.
“This is probably going to be a three-year process. I don’t want to do too much too fast, but I think it’s going to be very worthwhile,” said Zinobile.
Once in place, the platform would allow any member of the public to review the school curriculum.
Also Wednesday, the board unanimously approved a proposed junior high football cooperative with Williamsburg School District.
Head football coach Bill Musser is strongly in favor of the proposal.
“I think this is a very good opportunity for our students. I think this is a very good opportunity for our program and a very good opportunity for Williamsburg at this time. They have 11 athletes that would like to play junior high football and you can’t field a team with 11 athletes. Bringing those kids down would allow us to have an 11 versus 11 practice since right now we only have 16 players. I think one of the big things it’s going to do is add a level of competition to our practice time. Competition helps us build and get better,” he said.
The cooperative will last for two years and then a decision will be made regarding an extension.
Also during Wednesday’s meeting, high school principal Mike Estep said the high school is looking to add to its curriculum.
“We’re going to have a meeting in July to talk about adding computer science to our curriculum. We want to make sure our kids, when they leave here, are ready to rock and roll because things are changing so fast. And I think we can pat ourselves on the back because I think our kids are ready when they leave here.”
The board also approved the purchase of a new high jump mat from Sportsman’s at a cost of $6,570.
The board also approved the purchase of piping for repair of a section of the railroad bed which was washed out in recent flooding.
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