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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2000

Social studies plan under review

JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is seeking public comments on a proposed social studies curriculum for grades kindergarten through high school. A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the central office board room at 1208 Glacier Ave.

The proposal breaks the subject into themes and chronology, weaving more economics and geography into courses. And it shows what cognitive and social skills students should acquire, as well as academic content.

But the curriculum committee wrestled with how to cover long time periods in depth. And some school board members, reviewing the first draft earlier this year, were concerned it didn't deeply cover all of American and Western history in high school.

The latest draft defines what will be covered at each school level and at what depth. It is available at school and public libraries, and on the Web through Hot Links at juneauempire.com.

Army announces new Alaska commander

ANCHORAGE - A new Army commander has been named for Alaska.

Brig. Gen. James Lovelace Jr. has been chosen to succeed Maj. Gen. Dean Cash.

Lovelace currently serves as director of training in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, D.C.

Cash will become director for Joint Experimentation, U.S. Joint Forces Command, at Norfolk, Va.

No date was announced for the change in command.

Lovelace is not new to the state. He previously served in Alaska from July 1991 to June 1994 as commander of division artillery and deputy for plans and programs for the Alaskan Command.



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