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February 2, 2014

Carroll students talk school improvement

Junior-high class weighs in

FLORA — School improvement issues are hot topics to administrators, but it isn’t often that administrators ask students what those improvement issues are.

But that’s just what happened Carroll Consolidated School Corp. Friday.

Ben Prohm, English teacher at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School, gave his eighth grade students a group project assignment on school improvement issues. The idea for the school improvement project came from a discussion with administrators who wanted student feedback on what could be done, Prohm said. Before he let students have full rein, he asked Chris Lagoni, superintendent at Carroll School Corp. and Angela Moreman, principal at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School, what questions they would want answered.

After working on those projects, eighth grade students at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School finally gave presentations on improvement issues Friday morning.

Students picked topics, researched what could be done to improve issues as well as looked at other schools that may have already implemented some of the possible solutions. Students presented their group-project by utilizing PowerPoint-style presentations on their iPads provided by the school.

“[The project] encourages collaboration and teaches them to come out of their shell,” Prohm said.

One of the suggested changes, which is already being implemented, is a three-hour delay instead of a two-hour delay. Although students would have to tack on an extra hour at the end of the day, fewer school days would have to be made up with an extra built-in hour.

School improvement issues from the student’s view ranged from starting school later in the day, having healthy or better lunches and allowing more choices for students to having more field trips, switching to year-round school and implementing an awards program.

Several students discussed starting school later. They researched schools already starting later in the day and suggested time changes ranging from 30 minutes to an entire hour later.

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