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Chino Valley High School to offer more electives next year
Current staff will teach them, principal says

Juniors and seniors at Chino Valley High School will have more in the way of electives after the Chino Valley Unified Governing Board approved two new courses at its Tuesday, Jan. 7, meeting. (Google Maps screenshot)

Juniors and seniors at Chino Valley High School will have more in the way of electives after the Chino Valley Unified Governing Board approved two new courses at its Tuesday, Jan. 7, meeting. (Google Maps screenshot)

Juniors and seniors at Chino Valley High School will have more in the way of electives after the Chino Valley Unified Governing Board approved two new courses at its Tuesday, Jan. 7, meeting.

The first, Business Management I, is a purely technical education class, said Chino Valley High School Principal Heidi Wolf. It’s something that’s been missing from the offerings at the school, Wolf said.

“We would like to have students go and work in an office right away and have those skills that are really necessary without having to go to college first,” she said.

Wolf, a former business management teacher herself, said she has been working closely with Yavapai College’s Lauri Dreher to put it together. In the class, students will learn basic office skills such as writing professional letters, emails, Microsoft Office, a little bit of Google Applications and conflict resolution as well as business concepts including resumes, interviewing, marketing, economics, accounting and leadership qualities, she said.

A Business Management II course will be added next year for the 2021/2022 school year, Wolf said.

The other elective the board approved was a psychology course which Wolf said is “designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings and other animals.”

Through the course, students will be exposed to texts, principals and phenomena associated with the major subfields within psychology, she said.

When it comes to how much the classes are going to cost, the only expense will be the textbooks for the psychology course as business management doesn’t use any and all that’s needed is a class set, Wolf said. She estimated the need will be for 25 books, maybe 30 to have five in the library, which will cost $3,750 at $150 per book, she said. Both classes will be taught by current teachers.

The board unanimously approved creating the two electives which Wolf said she is excited to have at the high school.

“You always need more electives,” she said. “It was just by chance we have a staff member (who has) taught psychology and can teach psychology and we have somebody else, they have a lot of business experience so we can get them CTE certified.”

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