Olson: Assumption is that Travis Oliver will teach new courses.

    Crookston School Board member Tim Dufault, a farmer who has long advocated for the addition of an agriculture-related curriculum to the high school’s course offerings, on Monday evening had the pleasure of introducing a motion to do just that.

    Specifically, Dufault made the motion to approve a resolution approving Crookston High School’s 2019-20 Course Offerings and Registration Guide. In it is the addition of two new courses available to sophomores through seniors beginning in the fall: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources and Wildlife Management. Both are one-semester classes worth a half credit toward graduation.

    “These are two great new courses,” Dufault said before the board unanimously approved the resolution at its special meeting Monday at the high school.

    The two courses are under the Industrial Technology umbrella.

    Asked by the Times, Superintendent Jeremy Olson said the assumption at this point is that Travis Oliver would teach the courses. Oliver has been part-time to this point, with Construction Trades among the courses he teaches.

    Assuming Oliver teaches the additional courses, it would bring his teaching status up to full-time, Olson said, adding that he’s currently working with the Minnesota Department of Education on licensing requirements.

    The Course Offerings and Registration Guide describes the two new courses as follows:

    • Natural Resources and Wildlife Management: This class will look at all of the various topics in natural resources and wildlife. Topics include history, importance, conservation, habitat, wildlife identification, and more. This class will also look at Minnesota laws/regulations as it pertains to hunting and fishing. Careers in the field of natural resources and wildlife will also be discussed. Possibilities include field trips and guest speakers. The class will be based on class participation, quizzes, tests, lab work and homework.

    • Introduction to Agriculture: This class will look at topics with the agricultural world that is all around us. The class topics include impact on society, ag science, ag technology, ag safety, animal production, plant production, forestry, soil conservation, and environmental issues. There will be a closer took at Minnesota as an agricultural state. Possibilities include field trips and guest speakers. This class will be based on class participation, quizzes, tests, lab work and homework.