Friendswood ISD considers replacing sixth-grade theater class, adding teen leadership

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Friendswood Junior High is proposing to change the sixth-grade electives to add a half-year leadership course, but the school board tabled a vote on implementing the changes at its March 5 meeting.

The original elective list offers beginning band, choir, art and fine arts, which is an introductory theater class.

The proposed list has art split with teen leadership, and beginning band and choir, and the theater class is removed.

Trustees had mixed responses. Trustee Rebecca Hillenburg asked to see the curriculum for the class. Trustee Matt Robinson wondered whether fine arts would cover a lot of what the teen leadership class aims to teach. Trustee David Montz voiced concerns that the class was offered to a limited number of students, rather than the entirety of the sixth grade and did not reach students who would choose band and choir as their electives.

“How do you get those kiddos in the same room?” Montz said.

A handful of parents attended the March 5 meeting to speak out against removing the theater course.

The next regular board meeting is April 9.

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Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. In her tenure as a reporter, she has primarily written about education, health care and transportation.
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