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Board discusses career program

With a light agenda in front of them, the Farmington Board of Education moved quickly through its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.

In the first order of business, the board heard from Emily Bach, and a group of 10 other educators from the high school, discuss the Pathway to Prosperity program which is relatively new to the district.

Essentially the program will target students who are not interested in going to college and would like to seek a career immediately upon graduation. The high school work closely with local manufacturing businesses in the area to get the students training, such as an externship or an apprenticeship which will eventually lead to a career in that field.

“There are a lot of kids in high school who know, roughly, this is the path they are going to take,” said Dr. Nathan Hostetler, the principal of the high school. “If we make a program like this available, then they will remain more engaged in school,”

During the presentation, Bach and her colleagues stated they have been talking too many of the direct manufacturing companies in the area that are willing to meet with students and discuss the manufacturing industry.

In other business, the board heard John Krause, the district’s safety director, discuss goals he had for the district. The first was to develop a training schedule to effectively deliver necessary training to the district’s teachers and staff.

Included in the training, according to Krause, is new teacher and substitute training, active shooter overview and live scenario and safety committee meetings just to name a few.

In addition, Krause suggested the district should develop a threat assessment procedure and identify staff members to be trained in threat/ risk assessment, which is seen as a key component for emergency management.

In his presentation, Kraused provide reactive methods the district staff has already been trained in as well as proactive methods, to prevent any issues before they happen.

Finally, with the start of school and the total solar eclipse happening with days of each other, Superintendent Matt Ruble said the district is going to make every effort to use it as learning experience.

“We are very excited about the total solar eclipse and will be using it as the focus of a learning experience throughout the district when we start back in August,” Ruble said. “What an amazing opportunity it is for our region and the school district’s students and parents. We will be sharing more details at registration and through our district Facebook page and Twitter accounts regarding specific activities that students will experience at each grade level.”

The board will meet again at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 for a public tax hearing with the regularly scheduled meeting following at 5 p.m. at the district’s administration building at 1022 Ste. Genevieve Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Farmington School District Director of Safety John Krause presents a long range safety plan for the district during Tuesday night's meeting. In his training, Krause stressed training and being proactive as key to a successful safety program.  

Farmington School District Director of Safety John Krause presents a long range safety plan for the district during Tuesday night’s meeting. In his training, Krause stressed training and being proactive as key to a successful safety program.  

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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