By CHARLOTTE MOORE
Journal Staff Writer
With the end of the 2011-12 school year in sight, the Houston County Board of Education firmed up plans for summer school 2012.
Summer school for high school students will be held at Northside High School, with Chris Brown, assistant principal at Veterans High School, serving as summer school principal. Classes will be from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting June 1 and ending July 23. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
This is not free. The cost of tuition will be $200 per class for Houston County students.
There will also be a middle school summer school, held at Northside Middle School. Tuition is $200 per class for Houston County students, and $400 per class for out-of-county students. Transportation will be available from Perry Middle School to Northside for students living in the southern part of the county. Amanda Brantley, Assistant Principal for Instruction at Northside Middle School, will be summer school principal.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the BOE also approved a new elementary sex education curriculum largely focused on helping children recognize danger and understand their right not to be molested. Two DVD’s, “Think First and Stay Safe” and ”Sexual Harrassment – It’s Your Body,” were approved by a committee of teachers, parents and high school students. Parent permission will be sought before children participate in this program.
An increase of 25 cents per lunch was approved for school lunches, which will now be $2.25 for elementary school students and $2.50 for middle and high school students, with the cost of reduced meal prices and breakfast prices remaining the same. Board member Toby Hill voted against this proposal, which was made necessary by a federal mandate.
The board also approved the purchase of three Ford F250 trucks and two Ford F350 cargo vans, all from Allan Vigil Ford at the state contract price. The trucks will cost $22,572 each and the vans will cost $21,529 each for a total of $110,774.
Highlights of the meeting were a performance by children in the Lake Joy Primary Keyboard Club, and recognition of children of military families who attend Lake Joy, Matt Arthur Elementary, Russell Elementary and Northside Middle School. Caitlin Ratley, a Warner Robins High School senior, was recognized as a finalist in the Air Force Military Child of the Year competition.
Argene Claxton and students in the Perry High School FFA were honored for being top winners in the FFA’s state competition.