Matthew Hochkammer

Pilot Staff Writer

The Brookings-Harbor School District (BHSD) board has voted to adopt a new curriculum for social studies.

While the state only approved one set of curriculum for the elementary school (k-5) levels, teachers from Azalea Middle School and Brookings-Harbor High School collaborated on a cohesive curriculum plan for their grade levels. The new curriculum approved June 12 is designed to increase emphasis on teaching students to find and vett accurate information rather than use rote memorization as has historically been the case.

As part of the new curriculum, the secondary teachers requested funds for a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) room which will feature a 3D printer, virtual reality headsets, and color printers. The focus, teachers said, is shifting from the traditional, textbook-based lessons and rote memorization towards a model which embraces students’ near constant access to the internet.

Other actions:

The Board voted to postpone the adoption of the new board/superintendent working agreement to allow incoming board members to discuss and weigh in on the agreement.

Outgoing board members Sue Gold and Bruce Raleigh were presented with tokens of appreciation made by various Career and Technical Education classes including the ceramics class, welding class, wood shop and graphic design.

The allocated funds for hiring a full-time athletic director ($113,000) will remain in the contingency fund until such a time that the board decides to hire an athletic director full-time. Currently, BHHS Vice , rincipal Vicki Nigh is overseeing the athletic director’s duties in addition to her role as vice principal.