Principals ask school board for new programs

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Georgetown High School students may soon have the opportunity to train as construction workers before they graduate.

Principal Craig Evans told the Georgetown County School Board on Tuesday night that the school would like to add a building construction program to its curriculum.

There’s a similar program at Carvers Bay High School that’s been very successful, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Dozier said.

“That’s something we’ve been trying to emphasize,” he added.

Evans said school officials conducted a poll during lunch recently, and 75 students expressed interest.

The program would not only give kids a skill to use when looking for employment after graduation, but help them develop their math, reading and teamwork skills, Evans said.

The estimated cost for the program would be $69,000 for a teacher and $10,000 to $20,000 for supplies.

Evans told the board there are some supplies left over from another program that could be used, and the district could apply for a grant to cover the rest.

In other business

The principals of Andrews and Carvers Bay high schools would like to expand the Assessment in Learning in Knowledge Space (ALEKS) in their schools.

Michelle Greene from Andrews said ALEKS has already been successful at her school, and she expects to see higher math scores.

“It’s a very powerful program,” Greene said.

Richard Neal expects 90 percent of Carvers Bay students will be performing at grade level or beyond in math by the 2015-16 school year.

This year’s Special Olympics will be April 11 at 9 a.m. at Georgetown High School. The rain date is May 16.

The next School Board meeting is April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Beck Administration Building on Church Street in Georgetown.

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