Grand Island Board of Education approves teaching materials | 1340 KGFW

Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education Meeting, (Carol Bryant, Central Nebraska Today)

GRAND ISLAND β€” Grand Island Public Schools implemented the integrated approach to middle school science beginning in 2018.

According to a memo to the Board of Education from Dr. Robin Dexter and science curriculum coordinator Jennifer Ritter, high school science teachers have created their own curriculum using materials from the Internet, multiple textbooks, open sources and teacher-created documents.

The school district found a computer-based integrated science curriculum from Kognity Resources. Kognity offers teachers access to the core areas of biology, physical sciences, chemistry and environmental sciences. The cost for a license is $100,200. That’s $10 per student for 2,004 students over five years.

The Board of Education approved the purchase on a 9-0 vote.

Second, the Board of Education heard a presentation from Dr. Toni Palmer, principal of elementary education, to use Title I funding to pay $53,500 to Solution Tree for professional development on Aug. 30 for Knickrehm, Howard, Lincoln and Starr Elementary Schools. Teachers will participate in a full day of professional learning.

A memo to the board states: β€œTo close the gaps and improve learning for all students, building a culture of professional growth that provides our staff with tools, resources and opportunities to learn is critical. In our schools we have a range of expertise and experience that we can leverage when all staff learn together.”

The board voted 9-0 to approve the costs.

The board also voted 9-0 to approve changes to the 2024-2025 Student/Parent Handbook.

The goal is to ensure that all students demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the grade level, with 80 percent of students meeting the grade level as a result of core instruction.