Wamego’s USD 320 Board of Education approved a new financial literacy class for the 2017-18 school year.
At Monday’s meeting, Principal Tim Winter introduced Teacher Travis Graber who developed the class for the Business Department.
The proposed Financial Literacy class will be required for graduation and offered to Junior’s and Senior’s in years 2017-18.
Graber said the Financial Literacy class was created to educate high school students about sound money management skills and the financial planning process, and help teens begin to develop positive behaviors that are necessary to attaining financial maturity and achieving a secure future.
According to the proposal, there is a big push from the State Legislature to implement a Financial Literacy program at the high school level. It took 24 credits to graduate before this new class, and now it will take 24.5 credits to graduate from Wamego High School.
Approval was given by a vote of 5 to 1, with Board member Bruce Coleman opposed.
Coleman wanted the class to be an elective rather than a requirement.