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Nursing program proposed for THS
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TRINITY — Following a survey of Trinity High School students this past spring, Trinity school officials are hoping to implement a nursing/health care training program. During Monday night's meeting of the Trinity School Board, Superintendent Dave Plymale said school officials have begun discussions with officials with the Huntsville hospital concerning a joint effort. "Hopefully, by this time next year we will be able to get the program up and running," Plymale told the board. The nursing program would join other programs already in place to help provide career training to local students. The school now offers pharmacy technician and veterinary technician training and is in the process of adding culinary arts and welding certification courses During the meeting, Plymale presented the results of the student survey that indicated 15.2 percent of the THS students expressed interest in nursing/health care training. It was listed at the top of the "Top 10" career interests among the students. Other careers to make the Top 10 list include medical physician at 11.4 percent; child care/development at 8.3 percent; engineering (mechanical) at 7.6 percent; art at 7.6 percent; athletics/coaching at 7.6 percent; sports medicine at 7.6 percent; music at 6.1 percent; and sports management at 6.1 percent. The survey also showed that 64.3 percent of the students had no interest in serving in the military, which is a smaller figure than the state and national numbers. In Texas, 73.6 percent of high school students profess no interest in military service while nationally, the figure is 73.1 percent. Plymale said in terms of colleges, THS students are more inclined to attend medium sized institutions with between 3,001 and 10,000 students. A total of 71.9 percent favor that size range. LES construction During the meeting, Wade Zimmer of Jim Singleton Architects of Bryan/College Station, presented an update on the construction underway at Lansberry Elementary School (LES). Earlier this year, the school board voted to close the Trinity Intermediate School Campus and move the sixth grade to available classrooms at the Trinity Middle School starting in August. The fifth grade is being moved to LES, but will have to be housed in temporary buildings while a new classroom wing is built. Zimmer told the board hallway and cafeteria renovations at LES are on schedule and would be finished when classes open next month. He noted the dirt work and pad area work for the new classrooms has been completed and that crews would be digging beams for the slab next week. Work on the new classrooms also was on schedule with completion set for the second week of January 2014. He noted that during the work inside the exiting building, crews removed the ceiling tiles in the hallways and discovered problems with the air conditioning ductwork. Some of the sections of the ducts had separated and large gaps were seen. Those problems were fixed and Zimmer said the school would probably see some savings in electricity costs during the coming year. "Essentially, you've been air conditioning the attic space," he said. Board members expressed their appreciation and noted there had been complaints that some of the rooms in the LES building could not be adequately cooled. Other business During the meeting, the board also: • Heard from John Copley who expressed concern over a "high turnover" rate among the teachers at Trinity High School. Copley is a former teacher and school administrator. By his count, Copley said 17 or 18 of the THS teachers from last year have left and that the district has replaced all campus principals in recent months. "I don't see bringing in a totally new staff in during July an August as a feasible way to improve test scores," he said. • Reviewed the new employee and student handbooks. Plymale noted the changes were to conform with changes in state law. • Learned that Plymale was among 30 superintendents being invited to collaborate on a book being written by Dr. Shari Sweetnam entitled Principaled. The book is designed as a developmental guide for new school principals. • Learned that the Texas Association of School Administrators has asked Plymale to serve on one of its committees. Plymale said his assignment will probably be the TASA's technology careers committee, but added he also might be assigned to the small schools committee. • Hired the firm of Axley and Rode to perform the annual school audit for the coming three years. • Approved the new bell schedule for THS and TMS. The LES schedule was unchanged. Under the plan, both the high school and middle school classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. during the coming year. • Hired Marilyn Young as the school district's interim business manager. Young is a retired business manager from the Caldwell Independent School District. • Hired Ruby Milburn and Dianne Lancaster as LES teachers; Michele Lacina as a TMS/THS librarian; Dex Wright, Edgar VanderStuk, Stephanie Gain, H. Vance Skimore, Kelli Robinson, Michael Hendren, Daisy Diaz and LeAnn Johnson as THS/TMS teachers.