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Tangipahoa School System Proposes a New Plan

March 18, 2009

It is still in the planning stages, but the proposed plan to increase educational opportunities in the Tangipahoa Parish are very attractive.  The proposed plan would upgrade our current opportunities by creating a High Tech Career Education Center and specialized training classes in magnet schools.  Classes would provide training in communication, construction, design, medical and performing arts fields.  The proposal includes offering the International Baccalaureate program and the Montessori approach to learning in our Tangi schools.
 
The High Tech Career Education Center would allow students from all high schools to attend the center for specialized classes and then return to their regular high school for their standard scheduled classes.  Hammond Westside Primary and Roseland Elementary would offer the Montessori learning approach and would be designated as magnet schools.  Amite Elementary, Independence Middle School and Woodland Park would be designated as magnet schools offering communications with the latest technology.  Hammond High School would offer a Medical Professions certified program in various areas of the medical field in conjunction with North Oaks Medical Center.  Hammond Eastside and Kentwood High School would offer a performing arts curriculum.  Hammond Eastside Elementary, Hammond Junior High and Hammond High School would participate in the International Baccalaureate program.

The proposed plan would bring a variety of learning opportunities to Tangipahoa Parish.  As with any proposal, some think the innovative programs would improve the quality of education for our students, while others do not think implementing new programs is the answer.  What do you think?  Will the plan provide better education to Tangi students?
 
Yvonne Martin, Keller Williams Realty Services
 
Tangipahoa Parish School System (http://www.tangischools.org/board.html)

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