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Science back, at expense of other subjects

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Bondurant Middle School’s 8th-grade curriculum will include science for the 2003-2004 school year following a vote Monday night by the school’s council.

Eighth-graders will also continue to receive a double dose of math as well following the council’s decision to change its arts and humanities course to an exploratory class.

That means 8th-graders in the 2003-2004 school year will receive nine weeks of drama and dance their entire middle school career instead of the 36 weeks they currently receive.

The 2004-2005 class will receive humanities for 18 total weeks of its entire middle school education with nine weeks taught in the 7th grade and nine weeks taught in the 8th grade.

The only anticipated problem council members could see with this option is that there may be a decline in the CATS humanities test scores for 8th-graders next year.

Kelly Neal, an arts and humanities teacher at Bondurant, said she believes that in the long run, it will be a good decision but that effects of cutting back on the classes may be felt for a few years.

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