The partnership will enable Cartersville High School students to earn both high school and college credit in classes geared toward an aeronautical career pathway, according to the press release. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in this dual-enrollment program and take up to 18 semester hours of college-level courses at the high school in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Academy Pre-Aeronautical track.
Embry-Riddle is the premier aeronautical school in the world and has only seven similar programs available in a few larger venues, but none in Georgia.
Cartersville High was selected because of its location, size, capacity, and public commitment and support to engage in this opportunity for students, the release says. The program will begin with next year’s ninth grade students and then grow each year by adding the next grade level.
Officials anticipate the program will initially involve about 20 selected students and grow to about 80 students over a four-year period.
Also during its December business meeting, the board approved the purchase of Classworks, a curriculum management tool to be used beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The purchase is in partial response to a required action provided from Advanc-ED, which oversees Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS accreditation, stemming from a fall 2011 visit. The school system has been studying various options of meeting this requirement for the past 18 months.
The board also approved its budget parameters and schedule for development of the 2014-2015 budget. Annually, the school board approves its guidelines for the schools and school system in setting the budget.
In other business matters the Board approved:
- Continuation of external audit services from Maulding & Jenkins for FY 2014–2018 fiscal year;
- A proposal from McNeary Insurance Consulting for the 2015 Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal; and
- The purchase of Follett Software's Destiny Asset Manager for the technology ticketing, inventory management and financial reporting for the technology department in the amount of $10,995.
- School Board Secretary
- Central Office Receptionist
- Data Support Specialist
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cartersville School Board is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Central Office at 15 Nelson St. in Cartersville. The corresponding work session is set for Thursday, Jan. 9.
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