Despite budget cutbacks for the 2009-2010 school year, Sultana High School won't be cutting back on electives offered to students next year.

According to Sultana principal Tracy Marsh, students will have more elective choices than ever next year, including introduction to the biomedical field, engineering, and jewelry-making. Sultana High School was one of 15 finalists to receive a grant to fund their biomedical program.

"I refuse to let anyone tell me I can't do something," Marsh said. "If there is a way to create opportunities for our students, I will do my best to find it."

Teachers, classes, and curriculum for the biomedical program are in place and more than 300 students have already signed up. Funding and finalizing for the engineering program are still underway, but Marsh expects the program to be ready to go in the fall.

"Instead of letting kids learn later if they really want to enter a field of study, we want to create programs for them to learn and experience options prior to making a commitment in college," he said.

Hesperia High School principal Bob Schnebeck could not be reached for comment.