HG School Board updated on Youth Apprenticeship program

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—Lakeshore Technical College has partnered together with schools to create work for students through a Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Howards Grove School District students have used the program for future credits at LTC.

Jill Preissner, representative from LTC, gave a report on the Howards Grove partnership allowing students to work for area businesses at the February School Board meeting.

Mostly juniors and seniors can enroll in this program. The program has already started for next year.

The students are given a flexible schedule that allows them to work with area business and go to school. It usually starts in June and ends in May of the next school year. Students must participate at least 450 hours to receive credits.

Preissner stated that it allows the students to get a jumpstart on the future courses. Very positive things have come out of this program and there is good potential for the students.

Two Howards Grove students shared their experiences with the program.

Northview principal Diane Wieland gave a report on the Elementary Smarter Balanced Assessment Pilot. It replaces the WKCE testing program and allows classrooms to work with online testing for third and fourth grade.

The pilot is set to start in the 2014-2015 school year. All of the testing will be done on computers. There is some work for the school to get the classes used to keyboarding.

Wieland showed some examples of the testing on the smarter balanced.org website for math and language arts.

Preliminary staffing for 2013-2014 was reviewed. Northview and the middle school will remain the same with three sections per grade. The high school sections depend on student requests for classes. There is a wide variety of choices that could affect sections.

The PTO report was given by Wieland. The PTO had another successful Winter Carnival. Also Market Days has had a lot of success. Wieland thanked the PTO for all of their support to Northview.

Board members approve an amendment to the 2012-2013 adopted budget. The amendment allowed money to be moved to allow the school to utilize savings from improvements from the referendum.

New electrical upgrades have save the school $1,000 a month so far.

A letter of resignation was accepted with regrets by the board. Staff member Jean Hawkinson request retirement effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Board members Richard Hemb and Rich Pierce were selected for an insurance review committee.

Three students from Skills USA requested the board for a brat fry fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation. It would be held March 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bill’s Piggly Wiggly. The fundraiser was approved.

They were asked to come back and give a report.

Board President Jeff Elzinga thanked National Exchange Bank & Trust for a donation to the upcoming Pause for a Cause community fundraiser.

A turf painter was donated to the district by the Howards Grove Soccer Club.

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