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Monroe Co. High on verge of zero dropouts for sixth consecutive year; board gets close up view of workings at the area technology center

Monroe County Citizen, Tompkinsville, May 28, 2015

School board visits ATC
by Thomas Wampler

The Monroe County Board of Education met last Thursday night, May 21 at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County Area Technology Center. Principal of the MCATC, Jerri Rowland, welcomed the board and visitors as they entered the building.

“We are so happy that they elected to have their monthly meeting here (ATC),” said Rowland. “We want the board and all our visitor’s experiences to be a positive ones and give each of them an up-close look at what we do here and what a successful school year we had.”

The inspirational message was delivered by MCHS senior and recenty basketball scholarship signee, Devin Geralds.

After approval of the agenda, Rowland stepped to the podium and gave the official welcome for the ACT and provided highlights for the ATC centers staff and student’s achievements and instructional programs.

“Thank you for allowing us to host your meeting and thank you for always making us feel like a part of this school district and a part of this small town family,” said Rowland.

The ACT has seven different programs: welding technology, electrical technology, construction carpentry, automotive technology, health sciences, wood manufacturing, and business education.

Rowland said they are able out of those programs to offer 18 different career pathways. She explained that they must maintain an enrollment average of 12.5 students in each class or period and falling below that they are in danger of losing a class and an instructor.

“I have learned in my six months over here that everything we do is based on numbers,” stated Rowland. “The good news is that for next year we are projected to maintain or gain students in all programs.”

Rowland emphasized that having the students “college or career ready” is the key. The ATC has issued 137 certifications this year with some students earning more than one certification. They also had an increase in work keys this year.

Rowland then introduced student, Justin Adams to present each board member a plaque made at the ATC. Adams and Jonathan Pedigo, James Berry, Kyle McPherson produced the plaques under the instruction of teachers, Jeff Short and John Page.

In other business, two local companies were awarded service contracts. Brian Clemons, representing South Central Bank, received approval as the Depository Bank and Bond Depository. The Tompkinsville Insurance Company was approved as the Student Insurance Company.

The 2nd budget or tentative budget was presented at a total of 17.1 million dollars. The final budget or working budget will not be presented until September.

The Board Chairman is Dr. Michael Carter. Vice-Chairman is Eddie Proffitt. Other members are Todd Burgess, Toby Chapman, and Bobby Gentry.

Superintendent Amy Thompson spoke before adjournment highlighting the school year. Thompson said that they have not had a dropout six years in a row. “We work hard to see our students stay in school and receive their diploma,” said Thompson. “As of today at MCHS, 80% of our seniors are college or career ready without bonus but 105% percent with bonus.”

Thompson said they have 145 seniors that means 116 are college or career ready with 73 seniors qualifying in both categories. “Thank you Mr. (Max) Petett and all the people who helped him get that done and Mrs. (Jerri) Rowland and all her people because her numbers come into our accountability,” said Thompson. “The work they do here at the ATC is just wonderful. Also, congratulations to the track team too, this weekend they will be competing at the state track meet at UK.” ]

Thompson ended the meetings by saying thanks to everyone. “We’ve got wonderful kids and thanks to you all for the job you do.”

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