Project Lead the Way agreement stymied by privacy concern in Germantown

March 17, 2014

Germantown — A vote to accept a Project Lead the Way cohort agreement was tabled recently after School Board members raised concerns about cost and privacy.

Project Lead the Way is a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to districts such as Germantown.

"It has become an active part of your technical education coursework," Superintendent Jeff Holmes said. "Good things are happening as a result of that (curriculum)."

Board member Brian Medved questioned the program's $3,000 price tag.

"It (the agreement) lists expenses, but I don't know if we use all those (services)," he said.

Board member Bruce Warnimont stated he was pleased the board was not taking action on the agreement. His concern centered on the privacy and security of information about students' academic progress, worrying it might be solicited for recruitment and advertising purposes by third parties.

"As much as I love Project Lead the Way ... and the growth of our students, I will not approve a contract … (which) divulges any student information to anybody," Warnimont said. "I don't think it is appropriate for anyone other than our students and our staff to know how our students are progressing."

The vote was postponed to give board members and parents time to research the use of funds and the privacy stipulations within the agreement.

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