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March 25, 2014

Changes in store for Southeastern

Schools to add AP classes, safety equipment

WALTON — Southeastern School Corp. will add Advanced Placement classes and safety equipment for the 2014-2015 school year.

The addition of AP classes will help students explore their interests, said Trudie Hedrick, superintendent at the school district.

The classes will be offered in Spanish, German, environmental sciences, U.S. history and physics, she said.

This summer, teachers will go through training, which will be four or five days. The training will be paid through money set aside in high-ability and Title II funds, Hedrick said.

Safety equipment will be purchased through a matching school safety school the district received. The district was one of 241 districts to receive matching grants for safety equipment through the $9 million program to strengthen security in Indiana schools. Southeastern received $43,152 and will use the matching grant to add buzz-in systems including a camera and speaker at the front door of Galveston and Thompson elementary schools. Three buzz-in systems will be added at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School – one at the superintendent’s office, one at the main entrance toward the parking lot and one at the main entrance at the front of the building.

Monitors will be put on every door in every building and when each door is opened without a key, an alarm will sound in the office. Through existing security cameras, someone in the office will be able to look in the area of the alarm and see what is going on, Hedrick said.

At a recent board meeting, board members approved summer classes. The same classes that have been offered – IREAD remediation, biology, language arts, algebra and others – will be available again along with virtual academy. The online program will allow students to work ahead, Hedrick said.

The online program will require students to stick with a timeline of when assignments are due, Hedrick said. Students will take classes entirely online, but will be required to take a final test in the school building.

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