Course curriculum for the Madison Consolidated Schools will have a different look at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The school system will offer 13 advanced placement (AP) courses, more than it ever has, as well as classes with more technology integrated into the curriculum.

The Madison Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees unanimously approved the new school curriculum Wednesday night at the board's first meeting of 2013.

Several classes have also switched from being an honors class to an AP class. While both types of class are more difficult than regular high school classes, students enrolled in AP courses take tests at the end of the semester, and if they score high enough, some colleges


Back Page, Column 1

and universities count those as

college credits.

"Students could potentially leave our school with a number of college credits. And that does a couple of things. No. 1, it certainly helps students as they enroll in universities, and No. 2, it helps the parents' checkbook," Superintendent Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger said.

Changes to the curriculum include:

• English literature and composition is being offered as an AP class instead of an honors class.

• Speech and debate classes will only be offered on even years.

ª Creative writing and film literature will be offered on odd years.

• German language and culture and Spanish language will be offered to upper classmen with the prerequisite of having a C or higher in German III or Spanish III. Both will be AP classes instead of honors classes.

• Algebra enrichment will be offered to underclassmen. That class is intended for students who need more support in math.

• Biology honors/digital will be offered to freshmen. The curriculum states "This class will be a blend of large-group seminars, small-group laboratory experiments and independent study."

The 2013-2014 school calendar also was approved. The first teacher work day of the new year is Aug. 5, while Aug. 6 is the first student day.

Fall break is Oct. 11-18, Thanksgiving break is Nov. 27-29, Winter break will be from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 and Spring break is scheduled for March 31-April 4.

The last student day of the year will be May 30.

In other business:

• The board also swore in Lee Ann Imel and Joyce Imel, the two newest board members elected to the board.

The changes made to the board after the most recent election has left the most tenured members with only two years experience.

• Members also elected positions and assigned members to committee's for this year.

Todd Bass was elected as board president, while Carl Glesing was elected vice president. Linda la Cour was elected as secretary.

Glesing and la Cour accepted positions on the Policy Committee.

The Negotiations Committee will be manned by Bass and Glesing, with Lee Ann Imel as an alternate.

Glesing and Joyce Imel will work as ISBA Legislative Liaison, while Bass, Joyce Imel and Lee Ann Imel will be on the Technology Committee.

Linda la Cour and Lee Ann Imel will work together on the Wellness Committee.