Co-op school board would research secondary courses

WILTON – Among the goals the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board has set this year are to research all secondary school courses to see if they meet student needs and to add more advanced placement courses. The new courses would include calculus, biology and chemistry.

How to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act is also under discussion. The board will continue to encourage teachers to attend meetings and share programs with the board.

The alternative education program may also be redesigned because of the coming retirement of industrial arts teacher Dirk Witty, who instituted the current program. More use may be made of the vocational-technical programs offered in Milford.

Additionally board Chairwoman Gretchen Dunn said she would inquire about a large piece of property adjoining the school grounds that might be offered for sale. School officials need to consider whether the school district and/or the town is interested in the property for future expansion.

Board member Christopher Owen noted that several of last year’s goals have been met.

“We have come a long way,” he said. “We evaluate our teachers better, we have done alternative scheduling, I think we are more visible with our mission statement, and we have worked on alternative education.”

Further discussion of goals will occur at the next meeting of the board on Nov. 10.