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Hunt Elementary to find its fine arts focus next fall

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The specialty school concept hits the right note for Sioux City school leaders.  Hunt Elementary will soon be turned into an A-plus school focused on the fine arts.

Monday night, the Sioux City Community School District approved the idea.

Music, art, drama, and dance will be integrated in all subjects.

Fine arts teachers will be trained to incorporate subjects like science and math into their lessons, too.

"We talk about beat and rhythm and how the correlates to math. In the lower grades we do a lot of songs incorporating the alphabet and incorporating how to read,” said music teacher Emily Cox.

Hunt ranks second-to-last in reading and math proficiency among Sioux City's public elementary schools.

"You know, this is a big change. It's going to improve education and student achievement in those facilities, we know that. But, it's still a change. It's a change for students, teachers, staff members and parents,” said Mike Krysl, School Board President.

The district is planning to turn three other elementaries into specialty schools.

Washington-Whittier would focus on STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math.  The new Loess Hills school would build class work around computer programming.  Irving Elementary would be a dual language school.

However, each will have to be formally approved by the school board.

Teachers at Hunt will start training after spring break.  The change is expected to take place in the fall.

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