New Hope-Solebury School District has announced, with much excitement, a future curriculum focusing on STEM and the arts.
Board members spoke of “infectious” excitement after a presentation by their newest K-12 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Coordinator, Richard Curtis. Curtis examined surrounding districts to learn what the district could improve and what could be to their advantage in the world of STEAM.
Curtis presented new courses focusing on multi-media, manufacturing, engineering and more, saying they would propel students further than their peers. He showed that there is a notable gap at New Hope-Solebury in offering options for those “strands” in the STEAM concept compared to other districts.
As part of their new vision, the district will cut five courses in photography, graphic design and production printing and replace them with engineering and multi-media video production. The district hopes to bring in courses that combine these ideas in coming years.
Later, the board unanimously voted to change some of the language in the Health and Safety Plan, adding additional guidance to essential student activities such as masking during athletic activities.
R.C. Massimino, coach of the eighth-grade boys’ basketball team, said during public comment that he wanted the board to look into additional court time and access for his players. He stressed the importance of giving students a safe place to bond after the COVID-19 lockdown.