The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Arlington County School Board. For more information, call 358-6000.
OLDER SCHOOL BUILDINGS -- The School Board approved a proposal by the county's Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board to provide historic information about 17 county public school buildings constructed before 1951 and the sites on which they're located.
The board allocated $8,000 for the study, expected to be completed within eight weeks.
School buildings that have been adapted for other uses also will be included in the study.
When the study is completed, the historic review board will prepare a display of its findings and recommend which schools should be included in the county's Inventory of Historic Resources, a listing of historically significant sites in the county. Some buildings no longer being used as schools, such as the Hume and Maury school buildings, could be designated as historic districts because of their importance to Arlington history.
Material produced by the study also may be used by teachers for local history projects.
City of Falls Church
The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Falls Church School Board. For more information, call 241-7648.
ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM -- The School Board heard a report on George Mason Junior-Senior High School's participation in the Virginia Electronic Classroom and the Virginia Satellite Educational Network (VSEN), a service that enables students in Virginia schools to take classes via satellite that are not offered in their local curricula.
George Mason began using the long-distance learning program last year with six students enrolled in a first-year Latin class, taught by a Wise County Latin teacher.
This year, two students are enrolled in a second-year Latin course. George Mason plans to offer both first- and third-year Latin classes next year.
The school also is videotaping six broadcasts on "Understanding the Middle East," a series of lectures by Virginia Tech professors, to be used as part of George Mason's social studies curriculum.
Also available to local school systems, but so far not used by George Mason, are courses in Japanese, advanced placement English and calculus, honors geometry, physics, macro- and micro-economics and an honors course in world geography.
Falls Church has received from the state organizations a satellite dish and receiver, a large screen television, a facsimile machine, a programmable telephone and a VCR to record classes from the program. The cost per student to the city is $250, plus textbook fees.
Teachers in the program prepare course materials, review homework assignments and grade tests for students in high schools around the state. Teachers can talk with individual students by an 800 telephone number, with questions and responses heard on the television program by students taking the same course in other locations. Enrollment is limited to 250 students per class.
In addition to on-air time, teachers also are available for at least two hours each day to answer students' questions over the phone.
Each VSEN course has what the state program calls a "facilitator," a teacher or school staff member at each local school who works with the Electronic Classroom instructor and handles class materials for the instructor. Participating students are monitored by the facilitators, but they are not responsible for answering questions related to course content.