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SOME THINGS CHANGING, SOME NOT: Schools looking at textbooks

March 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Though there are still months left on the 2011-12 school calendar, the Whitley County Consolidated Schools board is already making preparations for next year. One of the topics discussed at this week’s meeting was textbooks.

Laura McDermott began by discussing the related arts and media field.
McDermott said she spoke with all music and art teachers on the elementary level, and that the current music books being used had not changed since the original adoption seven years ago. Since only the copyright information has changed and because the music teachers are pleased with the current textbooks, the schools decided to continue using them.

Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff said that on the high school level, they had to go through numerous subjects in the related arts field. Reiff referenced agriculture, business, music and art as just a few of the areas considered.

Reiff said the process involved teachers from those subjects, a parent representative as well as several students.

“Everyone graded the textbooks and chose the one that best fit our needs,” said Reiff.

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