City considers life sciences high school

September 03, 1992|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,Staff Writer

The Schmoke administration is inching toward creating a life sciences high school that would give students intensive math and science training to prepare them for careers in biotechnology and medicine.

Based on a recommendation by a committee of businessmen and educators set up by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, the mayor has agreed to hire a consultant to consider the feasibility of a life sciences high school.

The consultant would weigh a number of issues, including whether it would be better to create a separate high school or to beef up the city school system's math and science curriculum, said William Jews, who headed the committee.

"There is enough reason to believe that as the region develops there will be a need for people to be trained in the math and sciences," said Mr. Jews, president and chief executive of Dimensions Health Corp. One way to do that is to create a regional high school that would be open to students in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, he said.

A new emphasis on science in the schools is considered important by businessmen who believe that the region's economic base will increasingly shift to biomedical businesses and medical institutions. Employers have said that many high school graduates are ill-prepared even for entry-level positions.

Mr. Jews said the committee outlined several issues, including financing for the school and whether to make the high school regional.

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