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Big Foot considers requiring finance course for graduation

December 25, 2008
Walworth — Before graduation, Big Foot High School students may be required to know a little something about personal finances.

The School Board is considering adding a personal finance course to its graduation requirements.

"I think the subject is so unbelievably important," business teacher Mike Sroda said. "I don't think there has ever been a time when these skills are more important."

Currently, the school offers personal finance and an economics courses.

During its Dec. 17 meeting, the School Board didn't vote on whether to add a finance course to the graduation requirements. However, the board approved a new finance course, which will merge some of the concepts of economics course and the personal finance courses.

Sroda said if the personal finance course is added as a requirement for graduation, students would be able to enroll in the personal finance, the economics or the new hybrid course.

Big Foot Principal Mike Hinske said between 50 and 60 percent of the students at the school already enroll in one or both of these courses.

Schools in Illinois currently require students to take a personal finance course prior to graduation.

Hinske said the school is looking at hosting public forums in January to discuss the possible new requirement with parents and students.

He also said the staff will review the requirement in January.

Sroda stressed the importance of the personal finances to the School Board.

"I tell my students, 'It's everything you need to know, but nobody takes the time to teach you,'" he said.

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