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Mabton School Board adopts new math curriculum for grades 9-12

MABTON - The Mabton School Board Monday evening approved a new math curriculum for Mabton High School.

Starting next year the students will be learning the College Preparatory Math (CPM) program.

The standard based curriculum is a complete, balanced mathematics program for middle school and high school students, Mabton High School Math Teacher Ryan Downing told the board at Monday night's meeting.

The high school program includes algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2 and math analysis (pre-calculus) accepted by every college and university in the country.

Downing said he had researched the program and visited a school using CPM and told the board the teachers he talked to love the program and wouldn't want to use anything else.

Each book cost $28, which according to Downing is a very good price. One of the reasons for the good deal on the books is the program also trains teachers in the program and this cost $500 per teacher.

This workshop series meets for three days in the summer and five days during the school year. The workshop series for each course offers peer support to help teachers manage a student-centered classroom. Workshops deal with classroom management, program rationale, teaching strategies, unit by unit course content review and assessment ideas.

There is also a parent guide that will enable the students' parents to help their children learn as well. The parent guide cost $20.

In line with requests of leaders of high-tech industries, CPM students learn to work together in study teams on challenging problems.

The course aims to make the transition to higher mathematics by doing problems which illuminate concepts in four ways: numerically, symbolically, graphically and verbally.

"I like the new program because it aligns with the state grade level expectations," Sandra Pasiero-Davis, Mabton Public Schools Superintendent, said.

Also at Monday's board meeting, the school board adopted several revised policies. The policies were revised to come in line with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's policies.

One revised policy dealt with homeless students. The district will not deny or delay enrollment of homeless students. The district's need for student contact information shall not be in a form or manner that constructs a barrier for homeless students.

If the school district feels the student belongs in another school district, the student can still attend the school until the dispute process is carried out. If the school district seeks to place a homeless child in a school other than the school of origin or the school requested by the parent, the school district must inform the parent of the right to appeal.

If the parent disagrees with the district's placement decision the parent may appeal by filing a written request for dispute resolution with the district's homeless liaison or a designee.

The parent may appeal the district's liaison's decision to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee.

If districts are unable to resolve a dispute regarding the placement of a homeless student, either district may submit a written request to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI). OPSI will resolve the dispute within 10 business days.

The board also passed a policy on responsibilities for the district bus drivers.

School bus operators must observe all state statutes and administrative rules governing traffic safety and school bus operation. At the beginning of each school year the district must verify each school bus driver has been provided a copy of the School Bus Driver Handbook and the district's written rules for student conduct on buses.

Prior to transporting students each bus driver must have a school bus drivers authorization issued by the superintendent of public instruction; and a commercial drivers license appropriate for the size of vehicle they will drive.

Prior to employment and at least once each school year the drivers must submit to his or her supervisor a copy of their driver's license indicating the proper endorsements, a DOT medical examiners certificate and a current first aid card.

The district is required to conduct a pre-employment drug screening test of all bus drivers. There will also be random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing. Failure to submit to a drug test will be viewed as a positive test and the district could terminate the employee.

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