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Mid-Prairie School Board Will Decide Future of Chinese Language Program

Posted: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Mid-Prairie School board met February 26. Photo by Sam McIntosh.

The future of the Chinese language program at the Mid-Prairie elementary schools was discussed at the recent school board meeting.

Chinese language instructor Jean Hussey is retiring at the end of this school year, and Superintendent Mark Schneider said that the board should soon reach a decision on whether to continue the program so they can have enough time to find Hussey’s replacement.

When asked whether the district should survey parents on the issue, board President Jeremy Pickard was torn, “It is a hard thing because I know some folks who are like,‘What the heck are we even doing any foreign languages for in any of our elementaries? We ought to be focusing on math, science, english, and reading.’ And then I get the others who are like, ‘What? We’re only doing 40 minutes a week? We should be doing like a Spanish immersion where you become bilingual when you come out of high school.’”

The board requested a comparison of the 2016-2017 school year schedules to the current school year, a perspective on the success factors of the foreign language programs, as well as a review of the financial situation. Administrators will bring more information for the board to make a decision March 19.