New K-12 math curriculum has been adopted for the Aberdeen Public School District.
The new requirements and classroom materials will align with Common Core State Standards for math and will be implemented beginning this fall.
Common Core stresses understanding of the subject before the instruction of more procedural skills.
Aberdeen Public Board of Education President Brian Sharp thanked the committees involved with developing the new curriculum for their work.
Indian Education Coordinator Doug Neuharth gave the board a report on the Indian Education program. There are 371 students enrolled in the program this year.
"This is the highest count we've ever had," he said.
When it comes to academic achievement, 89 percent of students in the program have a GPA above 1.6, with 38 percent obtaining merit or honor roll status.
Sequester cuts will affect the program, he said. The title programs that help fund the program are absorbing a cut of about 5 percent, which equates to about a $5,000 loss locally.
Neuharth also announced more good news. Andre Bieber, a senior at Aberdeen Central High School, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.
The program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gives 1,000 students a scholarship that lasts throughout their college careers. The amount of the scholarship is based on financial need and helps to cover all academic expenses.
"It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the country," Neuharth said.
He said Bieber's intention is to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and study engineering.
C.C. Lee Elementary School Principal Eric Kline also updated the board on what the school is doing to follow district-wide goals. He reported that a recent climate survey found that nearly 100 percent of parents felt their children were safe at school.
The school has implemented a new front entrance procedure.
Kline also presented a recommendation that the C.C. Lee building addition, which includes a gymnasium, activity space and additional rooms, be named the "Duane Alm Addition."
Alm was the principal at C.C. Lee from 1977 to 1994.
Alm, who is on the school board, recused himself from voting on the matter. Final approval of the naming will come at the next board meeting.
In other news:
- Science Fair winners: Students who were chosen to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair were recognized by the board. Senior Briston Bruce and junior Elizabeth Maack will be going on an all-expense paid trip to the fair in Phoenix, Ariz. next month. Senior Michael Buchanan and junior Mikinze Jones qualified to be observers at the Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair.
- SkillsUSA participants: Students from Hub Area Technical School competed at a recent SkillsUSA competition in Mitchell. There are three students that have qualified for the national competition in June.
- Hub Area home: The Hub Area Technical School student-built home has been sold. There were two bids received for the house and it was sold for $69,600.