Center Grove’s middle school students may not be able to take courses teaching them how to sew, mend or balance a checkbook next school year, but instead they could take more classes in foreign languages.
School officials are considering eliminating the family and consumer science courses at both middle schools and adding more foreign language courses, most likely Spanish, Superintendent Richard Arkanoff said. Offering more foreign language courses to students at younger ages has been a priority for Center Grove parents, administrators and teachers for more than a year.
Center Grove now has one world languages teacher splitting her time between the two middle schools, and school officials want to hire at least three more teachers so that each middle school has two world language teachers. To make that happen, Center Grove has to find room in the schedule for the additional courses, and money in the budget to pay them, Arkanoff said.