Superintendent Patrick Murphy

Arlington Superintendent Patrick Murphy fields questions from School Board members on Sept. 22, 2016.

Arlington school officials have decided not to kill off introductory courses in two foreign languages next year, in hopes they can build up enrollment to make the classes feasible going forward.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy on May 17 confirmed the decision to keep German I, II and III and Japanese I, II and III, which had been slated for elimination due to low enrollment.

The turnaround came after students and parents complained.

Murphy said the short-term change in policy was aimed at a longer-term goal.

“We’ve got some building blocks in place,” he said. “What we’re trying to do here . . . is [determine] how can be build the program up so it supports the staff as we move forward.”

German classes will be offered at Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown high schools next year. Japanese I classes will be offered either at those high schools or, if enrollment figures do not meet a specific threshold, will be held at the Arlington Career Center. Japanese II and III will be held at the individual high schools.

If enrollment levels are below a certain point, different class levels might be combined into a mixed-level environment.

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