HUGHESVILLE - During its Tuesday night meeting, the East Lycoming School Board reviewed the number of students enrolled in advanced placement classes and listened to a presentation from Students Against Destructive Decisions.
The number of students in the district who are enrolled in advanced placement classes has increased since last school year and is expected to continue rising, according to Superintendent Michael Pawlik.
Last year, the district had 63 students who took 110 advanced placement classes. This school year, the number has risen to 73 students who are enrolled in 116 advanced courses.
"We're working on schedules for next year and we're anticipating 105 students in 212 courses," Pawlik said.
"We are very excited, because that means out of our junior and senior classes, about 40 percent of our students will be participating in advanced placement classes," he added.
Jill Warg, adviser for East Lycoming's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions, outlined some of the ways the organization is hoping to increase awareness of problems such as texting while driving and prescription drug abuse.
Warg and the students were inspired by a recent conference held by the organization at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Warg thought the conference speakers - including one man who had lost a son to prescription drug abuse - had an especially strong impact on the students at the conference.
"He was able to really connect with the kids because he was speaking from his own, personal experience," Warg said.
She added that the East Lycoming chapter of the organization is planning several educational campaigns for the coming months.
Future plans include a "straight talk" seminar which aims to educate parents on the warning signs of drug abuse.
"Education is the primary goal with any of these topics, so parents can be proactive," Warg said.