September 2, 2008

Ashland-West Holmes Career Center Enrollment Figures Meeting Projections



Special to The Daily Record

ASHLAND -- Preliminary figures show opening day enrollment at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center met projections for the 2008-09 school year.

Officials told the Career Center board recently that more than 400 students were on hand at the school and at programs at West Holmes High School when classes started Aug. 18 for juniors and Aug. 19 for seniors.

Principal Rod Cheyney said the total included more than 200 new students enrolled in vocational programs, 149 returning seniors and around 60 in programs held in Holmes County.

"We had some classes with over 30 students and had to do some moving around and tweaking," he noted.

Cheyney said he hopes the school can maintain the initial figures when the formal student count is made and reported to the state in October. He told the board officials are still holding out hope for "no shows" who have not attended classes and have not notified the Career Center they will return to their home schools.

In other action, the Career Center became the latest school to participate in the Ashland County Community Academy, which will serve as a discipline center and alternative school for students with problems. The agreement with the Tri-County Educational Service Center in Wooster, which is administering the program, calls for the Career Center to pay $35 per day for students in the discipline center and $1,500 per quarter for students who spend more than three days at the Alternative School.

"It's a pay-as-you-go type of program," said Superintendent Mike McDaniel. "It's a better deal than before when we paid to hold a seat open."

He added the Alternative School would be used in lieu of expulsion when warranted and said the option had to be used only twice last year near the end of the school year.

The board also authorized Treasurer Sherry Paullin to sign a $34,826 contract with Indiana Insurance of Loveland for property and liability coverage that includes all buildings, contents, vehicles and liability.

The new policy ups the umbrella liability from $3 million to $10 million.

Before the meeting, board members toured the school building to view summer maintenance and construction projects, including more than $500,000 worth of remodeling to create a new BioScience Technology laboratory and relocate and update the Graphic Technologies program.

McDaniel noted the five program areas impacted by the project now have a more professional look because of the changes.

Originally published by By AL LAWRENCE Special to The Daily Record.

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