As the members of the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education work to complete the school's 2010-2011 budget in order to meet a statutory deadline set by the state, some students are noticing that they will have fewer options next year. Jim Thorpe High School student Erienne Galvin addressed the board during its normal monthly meeting Monday evening to ask why classes she was interested in have been removed from the curriculum.
"I would like to ask why some classes were cut," asked Galvin. "A couple of those classes relate to the major that I would like to pursue when I get into college."
Superintendent Barbara Conway called upon High School Principal Thomas Lesisko to respond to the question.
"It's to maximize our resources," Lesisko said. "Classes that had smaller enrollments we had to eliminate those classes."
According to Conway, classes that attracted fewer than 10 students were cut from the curriculum, including Music History II, Music Theory II, and Meteorology.
"We wanted everyone to get exposure, but maybe not the depth," Lesisko said.
"We just didn't have the staff to cover those classes without hiring additional staff," Conway said. "Our budget next year is very, very tight. The board has asked that we do the very best we can with our resources and so we have done that. It was a very difficult decision in many cases as we looked at those classes, but if the enrollment wasn't there, we just couldn't offer them. We had some tough choices to make."
Galvin asked if the school had any plans for offering the classes in the future, allowing her to take them before graduation.
"I think the issue would have to be enrollment, of course," Conway replied. "That's really the determining factor."