EPHS focus will be to strengthen academics

Eagle Point High School is moving toward bigger budgets in the academic area, explained EPHS Principal Allen Barber in his presentation of the high school budget last week.


He said the 2006-07 budget for language arts, math, social studies and
science was just $1,500 per class. This coming year they will each
receive $8,000. Every teacher will get more funds next year. Teachers
can carry over funds, which will allow them to plan for larger
purchases. Barber cut funds in the office of the principal in half,
which will help with the additional teacher funds.                  
   
Barber
said there is a need to compare academics with athletics. He said
teachers are supporting a focus on improving reading and writing next
year. Reading scores have improved, but Barber said more testing labs
were needed.
   
The school has received a $51,000 Gear Up grant
for one more year. At the next board of directors meeting, there will
be presentation on a new program for Eagle Point that will use some of
those funds.
   
Brain Bowl returned this year and next year the
coach will be paid a stipend as will a golf coach. Thus far football
has 160 signed up for the program and while that many may not continue
come fall, there could be budget needs for this program. Barber said
the long-term goal is to look at basic program levels in each athletic
and activity program and to plan accordingly.
   
A grant writer has been hired.
   
Barber
praised the community for their support as was recently evident in the
awarding of scholarships and the fact that there are now over 200 Eagle
Point Booster members.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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