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Westview adds new high school courses

The Westview School Board added six new courses for the 2014-2015 school year at their board meeting last Thursday evening.

Westview High School Principal Rich Cory submitted the request for the courses to be offered, with four of the six eligible for dual credits with Trine University. It was also announced that Trine is dropping the cost per credit hour from $50 to $20 for students who take dual credit classes. Trine will also pay Westview a stipend of $250 for each course Westview offers.

The new courses include:

Spanish 5 and 6, with students able to earn three college credits

Principles of Engineering, which is the second year course for Project Lead the Way: Pathway to Engineering

Film Literature, which will be a non-college bound course engaging students in discussions and writings about films, themes, characters and more.

AP Chemistry, which will be eligible for dual credits with Trine.

U.S. History, which switches from AP to dual credit with Trine, allowing students to earn three credits in the fall and three in the spring.

In other business:

The board approved a request to advertise for the Topeka Elementary parking lot project.

It was reported that district staff and board member David Mehas toured Ball State’s fitness facility to get ideas for a cardio lab to be built at Westview Jr.-Sr. High School. The board approved a recommendation to use a traditional design and bid process for the upcoming project.

The board was given a look at a snow removal budget for next school year. The district is looking at the policies and costs of snow removal due to the large amount of snow removal needed this past winter.

The board approved the increase of student lunch prices to be in line with requirements set forth by the federal government. The prices are the minimum allowed. Elementary lunches will be $2 and secondary school lunches will be $2.25.

The district will replace 210 computers during the upcoming summer break, replacing all XP machines. The district will use the price set by state bid and will not need to advertise. The total purchase amount approved was $96,810.