Paragould School District Moving Forward With Theme Schools

Paragould, AR -- "There's no doubt that next fall we intend to implement theme schools in the Paragould School District," Paragould School District Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Hosman.

For the past 60 days, committees made up of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business leaders have been studying theme schools and how to implement them in the Paragould School District.

At Tuesday's night's meeting at Baldwin Elementary which is in the Paragould School District, part of the agenda was how to move forward in this new plan for Kindergarten through fourth grade students.

"We have done research. We have examined other school districts. We have looked at the magnet school research and charter school research. We have conducted site visits to Batesville as well as Hot Springs," said Dr. Hosman.

The idea is to have three theme schools in the Paragould School District for grades K-4th.

At Woodrow Wilson the theme: math, technology, and international studies, at Oak Grove, health, wellness and environmental science, and at Baldwin the theme is visual, performing arts.

"Core curriculum has to be the driving force.  This is all about additional opportunities for kids. What can we offer them during the school year before and after school that kids will enjoy," said Dr. Hosman.

"I'm excited about it.  I think it's going to be a good opportunity for the kids," said Bobby Kasserman.

Father of 2, Bobby Kasserman, is just one of the parents that got to visit schools already implementing this type of plan.

While his main focus is that his kids get the very best education available, he's excited about the new opportunities for his kids that are on the horizon......

"Anything you can do to engage the students more and get them excited about coming to school--if they are excited about it and enjoy it, it's going to make them do better I think," said Kasserman.