Greenville OKs purchase of new Spanish textbooks


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:25 am on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GREENVILLE — Students will continue to be able to pursue foreign language studies at Greenville Public Schools thanks to some new textbooks.

The school board voted 6-0 at Monday night’s meeting to purchase five student textbooks and one teacher’s textbook for use in Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish classes.

Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissette made the request. She said the district’s current Spanish textbooks teach up to four levels of Spanish. However, as the district now offers some foreign language classes at younger ages, these students are now in their fifth or sixth year of language immersion and don’t have the tools to continue to grow.

The books, at $39.97 each for a student edition and $18.47 for the teacher’s version, would cost only $218.32 plus any incurring expenses.

“This is a good dilemma to be in,” observed school board member Rocky Hansen.

Also at Monday’s meeting, High School Principal Jeff Wright shared how Greenville Public Schools recently received a North Central Advanced Education award and plaque honoring its 100th year of academic achievement.

“There were only two schools in Michigan that won this award,” said Wright, “It was us, and a school near the Detroit area.”

“It is very unique,” added Superintendent Pete Haines.

Also at Monday’s meeting, two middle school students were both expelled from the district and will have stipulations to follow during the expulsion. The expulsions involved unrelated incidents pertaining to behavioral issues at the middle school.

The first male student will face expulsion until the end of the semester, must show progress with his peers, is not allowed on any school grounds or property, and any future incidents will also be reported to the board.

The second male student was given similar guidelines, but will be expelled until the end of the 2013-2014 school year, must make progress in counseling, must make progress academically, and must have other options of education be explored.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the school board heard various reports from student representatives, the superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area correspondent.

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