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Board approves purchase of science kits

The Sunnyside School Board Tuesday approved the purchase of science kits for 7th and 8th grade students that will cost the district almost $87,000.

The kits, which include a variety of science-related experiments, textbooks and workbooks, will be used to help align the school district's science classes from elementary school to middle school to high school, Gary Vegar, Learning and Instruction Executive Director, told the board.

"We're ready to purchase," Vegar said.

Not only will the kits help align district material, but it will also help the district align their material with state standards, and ultimately the WASL, the memo presented to the board said.

Kits that will be purchased for the 7th grade will include a set of "Catastrophic Events" kits, a set of "Energy, Machine and Motion" kits, and a set of "Ecology and Evolution" kits.

Kits purchased for the 8th grade will include a set of "Properties of Matter" kits, a set of "Earth in Space" kits and a set of "Micro Life" kits.

Board member Miguel Puente raised the question of how long these kits will last.

Vegar told Puente that with regular upkeep, which the kits will need, they should last an average of seven years.

Because the kits have consumable products like baking soda, teachers will need to refurbish the kits on a regular basis.

The report to the board estimated that upkeep of the kits will cost about $6,700 a year.

Superintendent Rick Cole said he thinks the kits will help better prepare students.

"That'll really help them on the WASL," Cole said.

Vegar told the board that kits could be purchased quickly and students could begin using parts of the kits as soon as they are available.

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