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Veterinary classes approved by TISD board
Houston County Courier - May 2009
TRINITY – Although only one will probably be offered next year, the Trinity School Board gave their approval to a series of courses that would allow high school students to earn veterinary assistant certification.
During their meeting Monday night, the board approved a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Bobby Rice to add the four classes to the Trinity High School course list.
The four classes – all part of the Career and Technology Education (CATE) program -- will include K-9 Science, Introduction to Veterinary Assistant Technology, Veterinary Medical Assistant I and Veterinary Medical Assistant II.
Rice said the Veterinary Medical Assistant I class would probably be offered beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
“These classes are designed to allow students to obtain state certification as a veterinary medical assistant by the time they graduate,” Rice told the board.
He added the veterinary assistant program is one of several career education classes that are being developed under the CATE banner.
During the meeting, Technology Director Brian Furbee presented the end-of-year report on the school district’s technology program.
With the 300 laptop computers purchased for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade in March, Furbee said the district now has almost 900 computers in operation on its four campuses.
“That a 1.5 to 1 computer to student ratio,” Furbee told the board.
The student laptop computers were purchased under a Vision 20/20 Cycle 1 grant program and Furbee told the board they should know by July 1 if the state will award them Cycle 2 funding. If so, he plans to purchase additional laptops that would allow all Trinity students from grade six through twelve to be issued computers to take home.
“When we roll out the laptop program next year for the sixth, seventh and eighth graders, it will be during the first week in November. If we get the Cycle 2 grant, we’ll roll them out in the high school at about the same time,” he told the board.
Since the laptops were issued to the intermediate and middle school students in March, Furbee said there has been surprisingly little damage reported.
“We have had five broken screens but other than that, the problems we have encountered are not due to damage,” he said, adding that the student help desk has been mainly addressing software problems.
Furbee told the board that off the 264 students currently enrolled in grades 6-8, 220 of them have been issued laptops.
Of the 44 students who have not received the computers, Furbee said the biggest objections he has received from their parents is that they just don’t want their children to be responsible for the equipment.
During the meeting, the school board also:
• Canvassed the results of the May 9 school board election and declared Judy Bishop and Bill Weaver the winners of the two three-year terms and Maggie Trevino the winner of the one-year unexpired term.
• Voted to retain the current slate of board officers, including President Dorothy Franklin; Vice President Gary Gallant; and Secretary Judy Bishop.
• Voted to accept the resignations of Coaches Eric Droddy, Suzanne Davis and Robert Davis and Spanish I teacher Leona Lucas.
• Voted to offer one-year teaching contracts to elementary teachers Nicola Easterling, Elizabeth Faulkner and Jennifer Rudel; intermediate school teachers Tracy Gray, Erin Young and Ezekiel Henely; middle school teacher/coach Sara Seale; and high school teacher/coaches Donny Gray and Kurt Nichols.
• Voted to purchase one bus for delivery during the 2009-2010 school year through the state Buy Board.
• Agreed to hold the first of several budget workshops at 5 p.m. on June 22, prior to their regular meeting at 6 p.m.
• Received a report from school nurse Rachel Kriner.
• Voted to seek proposals on the purchase and repair of playground equipment.