Making Beaty work for sixth

Warren County School District administration has said that sixth grade will return to Beaty-Warren Middle School after a one-year hiatus due to construction.

Now it is time to figure out how to make it happen.

Beaty Principal Rhonda Decker laid out a proposal to meet those ends to the school board’s Curriculum, Technology and Instruction Committee on Monday evening.

Administration believes there will be enough construction progress to allow sixth grade to return for the 2013-2014 school year.

Some spaces will be divided and some teachers will likely be required to teach “out of a cart” in the proposed arrangement.

Decker said the chorus room can be divided into two separate classrooms and the media center will likely be used to house the library. “It’s a large area,” she said, adding that the cafeteria could also be utilized as an extra learning space if needed as it will contain a smart board and computer access.

She explained that ‘specials’ particularly art will be taught ‘out of a cart’ where the teacher will utilize multiple rooms during core teachers prep times. That arrangement has been utilized successfully this year, Decker added.

Music instruction band, chorus and orchestra will continue to be housed in the auditorium as they have been this year.

The proposal also accounts for adequate space for special education students.

For life skills, the plan is to “put them in one large room which would be the room they stay in (after renovations),” she said. That space includes a bathroom and kitchen as well as an existing smaller room for small group instruction.

Learning support students will share divided classrooms.

Sixth-grade students are at Warren Area Elementary Center for the current school year due to renovations currently underway at Beaty.

WCSD Director of Building and Grounds Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht said that renovations at the facility should be complete by next January.