A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.
Career Awareness & Development
Mark Miller and Frank Gay, Career Coordinators at Cedar Cliff and Red Land, respectively, presented information to parents on the many post-secondary options for graduating students. Their presentation highlighted activities, lessons, and experiences that our students in elementary through high school have to help them learn about careers. They focused on the needs of a changing work environment. In particular, business and industry will need more skilled workers, and that’s where good paying jobs will be. These skilled trade jobs do not require a four-year degree but many require education and training beyond high school. Program offerings at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School were discussed, as well as the changing focus of the Project Pathways program at the high school. We are encouraging students to explore career experiences outside our schools and stressed that job shadowing and internship programs are not just for juniors and seniors.
Dr. Stoltz shared that a presentation with numerous options would be given to the Board and public on January 12, 2017. At that meeting, it is expected the Board will consolidate options and take a deeper dive into a more manageable number of options. Following that decision, a focus group will be assembled.
The group discussed the 2017-2018 Calendar, and Dr. Stoltz indicated we welcome parent and community feedback. Discussion on the calendar included eleven early dismissals currently scheduled, the Pros/Cons of Wednesday vs. Friday early dismissal, and scheduling of snow make-up days.