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Monday, 17 September 2007 01:49

A.C.U.S.D.: New Plans To Enhance School Experiences

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slide4The Amador County Unified School District and Office of Education is looking for new and exciting ways to not only improve the educational experience of its current students, but also ways to attract home-schooled and privately educated students back to the district. Asst Superintendent of Curriculum Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti presented several options of the Board for the increasing opportunities. The use of the Drytown School House as a center for Independent Study and home schooled students is what was termed as “an exciting possibility”.

Possible options for the site include a community garden and agriculturally related projects, art and history projects. Pinotti reported that she had visited several other schools that operate these types of innovative centers, some close to Amador County. Linden was on example of a school offering increased agriculturally based opportunities.

Also, creating a “Solar School” is an option. These projects developing solar energy sites can be funded through outside agencies slide22 like Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In addition to Solar Power, winged power generation is also being considered. The hope of the district is that they may be able to recapture, and add, students that have gone to alternative educational experiences like the home school Calaveras County based Mountain Oaks and charter schools such as Visions, based out of San Joaquin. According to Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti the plans are in progress and moving fast. Pinotti says there are still some details to work out with the Drytown building but as soon as those are worked out “we are ready to go”.  Pinotti says the District also has a back up plan- If it doesn't work there – the district already has an agreement with the Shenandoah Valley Community Club for the Shenandoah School House.

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