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Danville pulls students from New London High School Spanish class

Aug 31, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON – Danville is pulling 11 of its students from New London’s Spanish 4 class after there was concern that the course was too rigorous for their students.

Danville students are taking classes at New London this year as part of an agreement between the two school districts to “lean on each other” and provide an opportunity for the schools to offer statistics, physics and Spanish 4 as part of their Project Lead the Way program, as well as a college composition course.

During a New London Community School District board meeting on Aug. 30, District Superintendent Chad Wahls reported that he had received an email from Danville’s principal on Aug. 29 that their students would no longer be attending the Spanish 4 class in New London. Wahls then met with Danville’s principal, district superintendent and guidance counselor to discuss the issue, but said there was no room for further conversation.

New London will continue to allow Danville students to attend the statistics, physics and composition classes offered in New London, but will reevaluate the partnership next academic year.

“I’m a little disappointed in the way Danville district chose to handle this,” School Board President Lindsay Porter said. “I think it’s important to remember that although they’re not our kids, they’re kids. I don’t know where we go in the future.”

Parents of Danville students who are taking classes at New London have emailed Wahls expressing their gratitude for the opportunity. They said that New London students have been very welcoming and it has been a positive experience for Danville students.

Originally a part of the Danville-New London High School partnership, New London is no longer offering precalculus because only one student signed up and it was a Danville student.

“We just can’t do it for one student,” Wahls said. “We need to do something else with that teacher for our kids.”

In regard to the other classes shared, the school board unanimously decided to continue offering those classes for Danville students this year.

The school board also discussed the revised bus routes, which were changed from the four buses that ran during the 2016-2017 academic year down to three buses this year. Bus routes are being kept under an hour and appear to be efficient at this time. As more data is collected, the board will revisit the efficiency of the bus routes and pickup times.

The next school board meeting is Sept. 18.

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