Oregon-Davis School Board Approves Ethnic Studies Course, Summer Agriculture Program


About 20 Oregon-Davis High School students will be getting some agricultural experience this summer, as part of the school’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program.

Superintendent Don Harman says it requires students to spend a certain amount of time working on agricultural projects and taking part in FFA activities, such as the state FFA convention and the Starke County 4-H Fair. Students also have to document their work and will have a certain number of site visits from their instructor.

The summer SAE program was one of a few course offerings approved by the Oregon-Davis School Board Monday, according to Harman. O-D students will soon be able to take Ethnic Studies and Indiana Studies classes. Harman says schools are now required to offer these courses by the State of Indiana.

In other business Monday, the school board gave its final approval to the 2017-2018 student handbooks. One notable addition is something the corporation calls a “positive alternative to school suspension” or PASS. It’s designed to keep students in the classroom.