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Bentz new HUSD president<BR><I>Board OKs curriculum action plan</I>

The Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board elected Victoria Bentz as school board president and Gary Marks as vice president for one-year terms at the Jan. 4 meeting.

Bentz acknowledged and thanked former president Boyce Macdonald for his "integrity and honesty, and for establishing the foundation of putting the students first in every decision." Bentz said she fully intends to continue her leadership role in the same fashion.

Board members unanimously approved the Points of Curriculum Consistency Action Plan after a comprehensive presentation during the work-study meeting that preceded the regular board session.

Dean Slaga, HUSD curriculum director, with help from professional staff members, has been working on this project since mid-summer. The district is working to align its math and language arts curricula with state stand-ards.

The state recently adopted science standards, and the district is studying these standards for future curricula alignment.

The district is developing the action plan to help "guide district efforts to create and disseminate a consistent and meaningful standards-based curriculum across the district, including assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional efforts and intervention strategies to remediate deficits," according to Slaga's recommendation.

This means that the curriculum at each grade level, when it is taught and how teachers test or assess students on the materials and skills, will be the same throughout the district.

"We will be modifying and adding to it," Superintendent Henry Schmitt said.

The creativity of individual teachers will continue in each classroom, he added.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:

• The board discussed a memorandum of understanding to establish a partnership between Coyote Springs Elementary School and the Highlands Center of Natural History.

• Schmitt gave an update on the progress of the construction of Granville Elementary School, saying weather has caused a two-week delay; however, that is nothing to worry about.

The next board meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Sue Tone is a reporter for the Prescott Valley Tribune.