New electives offered at junior high

PLYMOUTH — Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, there will be changes at Lincoln Junior High.
LJH Principal Dan Funston presented the proposed changes to the Plymouth School Board this week.
Funston said, “We will be adding three new electives that students will sign up for in the same way they students do at the high school level.”
New courses include Chinese, health and broadcasting/digital media. Other electives being carried over include Project Lead the Way 1, Project Lead the Way 2, FACS (Family and Consumer Science) 1, FACS 2, band, choir, art, and physical education. All of the electives will be nine-week courses and some can be taken for multiple quarters.
“Instead of cafeteria style where everyone gets the same thing,” he said, “the electives become suited to individual interests.”
The number of periods in the school day will decrease to six so that each period will be for 60 minutes rather than the 45 minutes being used currently.
“We are currently at the state minimum for core instruction (45 minutes each),” Funston said.
In other business:
• The board will retain the current officers for 2012: Melissa Christiansen, president; Todd Samuelson, vice-president; and Larry Holloway, secretary. Jeff Houin was retained as legal counsel.
• Superintendent Dan Tyree announced that the school is changing some of the duties of the administration office staff. The reorganization is being put in place since the current assistant superintendent Rodger Smith is retiring at the end of the school year and PCSC is transitioning into budgeting for special education. The JESSE program will no lon