School district approves English learner progam
July 22, 2010
TRUCKEE and#8212; School district trustees unanimously approved Truckee Elementary’s new alternative English learner program to help struggling EL students transition to English-only classrooms starting in the fall.
The unanimous vote of approval came after Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent of Educational Resources Dave Curry presented the alternative EL program to trustees at their Wednesday night board meeting. Curry said it would provide parents of EL students and children another resource for rapid English acquisition and integration.
and#8220;I’m just happy we’re at the stage to adopt something and moving forward with it. I applaud the work of the parents and the work of the staff coming to together to meet the needs of the kids,and#8221; Curry said in a Thursday interview.
The new program, tailored toward students with limited or no English skills, will target grades K-2; however, Curry said it will be available for grades 3-5 as well should their be a demand for it.
and#8220;Math and English Language arts are the primary subject periods we will be teaching in,and#8221; Curry said.
Should students be reclassified as English proficient Curry said students would still be able to participate in the program; however, after two years he said they would not be eligible because they would most likely not need the help.
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To assure this was the case Curry said the district would be monitoring the students progress.
Maria Herrera, president of the Truckee District English Learner Advisory Committee, did not argue against the new program but questioned why the two DELAC groups in the district were unable to review the program before is was officially proposed.
In response, Curry said according to Valerie Simpson the principal at Truckee Elementary, members of the DELAC committees were involved in the planning process but he agreed more outreach could be done at the school site for parents.
In an after-board meeting interview Trustee Bev Ducey, reaffirmed her indecision on her option to run for her Area 5 seat and said she’s still weighing many factors.
Ducey described running for her seat and#8212; on the school district’s board of five trustees and#8212; as a and#8220;remote possibilityand#8221; but a possibility she said she will consider as she waits to see what candidates step up for the board’s three open seats to be voted on this November.
Should Ducey decide not to run, it would mean there would be no incumbents to run for her seat and the two other seats held by Trustee Pat Gibbons-Johnson of Area 1 and Lisa Mohun of Area 5.
Previously Mohun said she will be moving out her area boundaries and will not be eligible to run again while Gibbons-Johnson has said she has no intention to run as she only intended to fill her seat temporarily after former Trustee Bill Kraus resigned when he moved to Washington.
and#8220;I will know if I’ll run again on Aug. 6,and#8221; Ducey said jokingly, referencing the filing deadline for candidates.
According to state election laws, should there be no incumbents filed by Aug. 6, the deadline will extend one week to allow ample time for more candidates to apply.
If this happens, Ducey would have the option to file for her position.