By Katina Caraganis
TOWNSEND -- The North Middlesex Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for Monday night was postponed to Thursday night because of poor road conditions, according to Superintendent of Schools Joan Landers.
Landers said that with Monday's rain, coupled with dropping temperatures, she felt it was in the committee's best interest to postpone the meeting, at which members were expected to vote on new high-school graduation requirements.
Because North Middlesex Regional High School is a Race to the Top School, the administration is required to implement at least the MassCore Massachusetts High School program of studies. That includes four units of English, four units of math, three units of a lab-based science, three units of history, two units of the same foreign language, one unit of an arts program and five additional core courses, which could include health, business and technology.
Currently, the district does not require students to take four years of math.
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education also recently modified the minimum admissions requirements for the Massachusetts state university and UMass systems, which include requiring one math class per year, three lab science courses and a minimum of two years of a world language.
The proposal, which has already been presented to the School Committee once, was met with criticism by some members who felt the new requirements do not address the needs of students who do not want to go to a four-year college or university, but may be good in other areas, such as a trade or music.
NMRHS Principal Christine Battye's proposal does not include increasing the number of credits a student must achieve to graduate, but instead looks to change how the credits are allocated.
She is proposing increased math requirements, including moving to a full-year integrated math course in grades 9-11, then a selection of semester-length courses for students in grades 12. Through this, she said, she is anticipating that more high-school seniors will enroll in Advanced Placement math courses.
Battye proposes that students take four full-length science classes, up from three full-length classes, and four full-length Social Studies courses, up from two full-length courses.
She also proposes that students take four half-credit physical-education classes, as well as an increased world-language requirement that would make students take three years of the same language, up from two.
Thursday night's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the high school.
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