Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
November 12, 2013
UNION — During Monday evening’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, Dr. Wanda All was elected as board chair, and Kakie White was elected as vice chair of the board. According to board policy, board officers are elected each November at a meeting held on the second Monday of the month.
Rebecca Rochester invited board members to attend a reception hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library in honor of Sen. Harvey Peeler and state Rep. Mike Anthony from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Peeler and Anthony will be recognized for their hard work in securing $1.25 million in state funding to pay for library renovations to restore and preserve the library’s historic beauty.
UCHS CATE Center Director Kevin Morrow also spoke to the board regarding new classes at the center. Morrow went over one-time costs of implementing a cosmetology class. He said the class will be in the Berry Building, where some of the plumbing and fixtures are still in place from a cosmetology class that was conducted in years past. Morrow also discussed some of the student requirements of the class.
Another class Morrow discussed was protective services, which he said has received a tremendous response from throughout the community. He said possible donations could include a fire truck and an air tank. Some equipment the district would need to purchase include a ladder, hoses, rescue dummies, turnout gear and helmets, computers, fitness equipment, and a floor fan. Morrow said several fire departments have offered to assist with donations for some of the class equipment.
Morrow said the class will first target 10th and 11th graders, and hopefully, by the time they are in 12th grade, students will be able to work out in the field. He also mentioned that there is grant funding available for such classes, but a program must be in place before the school can apply for funding.
Morrow also discussed the mechatronics program, which currently consists of a half-day class. The classes will become full-time next year. He said the class has received a lot of donations, including generous equipment donations recently received from Haemonetics. Morrow said he looks forward to a strong apprentice/co-op program in the near future. He said this class is a great service to the community, as there are jobs available for mechatronics students.