Scholarship available for North Hills musicians

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North Hills High School seniors who are musically skilled but want to pursue music as a hobby and not a career are eligible for a new scholarship.

School directors last Thursday accepted a $15,000 donation from Debra J. Devokaitis to establish the Devokaitis Music Scholarship, which has been established in memory of her parents, Kathlyn and Harold Hunter and her mother-in-law Ann Devokaitis.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded each year to a senior who is enrolled in post-secondary education, is idenitified as “musically skilled,” but is not pursuing a degree in music.

Students must be nominated by a music teacher, have at least a 2.5 grade point average and write an essay about how music influences their lives and goals.

The recipient will be selected by a committee appointed by the high school principal. The committee must include at least one music teacher. Students can be in any music activity within the school or the community.

Ms. Devokaitis’ sisters earlier established and funded the Hunter Music Scholarship at North Hills.

In other action, board members voted to keep the same rates for summer courses. The district will offer “recovery courses” for district classes that a student did not complete or pass, as well as dual enrollment college courses.

Tuition for courses developed by North Hills are: $225 for a one-credit recovery course; $115 for a half-credit recovery course for three weeks; and $339 for a half-credit course for nine weeks. Tuition for courses through an online partner are: $250 for a one-credit, six-week recovery class; $275 for a half-credit, nine-week enrichment course; and $399 for a one-credit, nine-week enrichment course.

Dual-enrollment courses also are offered. The tuition for a half-credit course is $450 if only accepting the high school credit and $699 for high school and college credit.

The board also approved a $57,352 contract with Blackboard Connect, a message service to notify parents about items such as snow delays.

And, a contract with Atlas Curriculum Management, an online curriculum management system, was approved. The system will be phased in over three years. License fees for the first year will be $4,600 and will rise to $8,850 the second year and $11,200 the third year.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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