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District officials to form curriculum advisory council


New Albany-Plain Local officials are looking for residents willing to serve on a curriculum council that would make recommendations to Superintendent April Domine.

The goals of the council would be to serve as a standing advisory committee to the superintendent "that has as its primary goal the ongoing improvement of the district's education program," according to a draft proposal for the curriculum council.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board reviewed the draft proposal Aug. 25.

Per the proposal, the council would meet eight times in a calendar year and its responsibilities would be to:

* Review the scope and charge of districtwide program committees proposed by the instructional staff members and provide input regarding the scope and impact of the instructional program on students and the community.

* Assist in the communication of program improvements and changes as needed.

Domine is expected to consider the council's feedback in an advisory capacity, according to the proposal.

Domine said curriculum includes the standards students are taught; assessments that gauge if the students are learning the standards; and the instructional materials and instructional practices used to achieve learning.

Marcy Raymond, the district's director of curriculum and innovation, said the council would deliberate in public meetings and give feedback to Domine.

Raymond would present new programs to the council for review and to make a recommendation to Domine, according to the proposal.

The council will include four parents, each representing one of the district's four school buildings; two other parents in at-large positions; one teacher from each building; two teachers in an at-large capacity; two administrators, and a chairperson.

It also could include a member of the board of education, Domine said.

Board member John McClelland said he anticipates the positions would attract a lot of interest and emphasized that curriculum council members would serve in an advisory capacity.

Board member Mike Klein asked who would choose the council members. Domine said she and Raymond would pick them.

The council's first organizational meeting is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the new 1-8 building.

Patrick Gallaway, the district's communications director, said the district will send out email notifications about applying for the council and post something on the district's website,, within the next week.