School Board to discuss programs for students

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Two programs designed to promote student success will be the primary topics of discussion at the Sedalia School District 200 board of Education meeting tonight.

Ed Watkins, who developed the Sedalia FIT Program (Forty Hour Internship Tryout), will make a presentation to the board regarding the program.

The program is designed to improve the way high school juniors and seniors are prepared for their future occupations.

Under the program, junior and senior students would commit to a 40-hour internship with a local business in an effort to help the students discover if the career path they have expressed an interest in is truly one they could develop into a career.

“We really want to learn more about the program and become involved in it,” Superintendent of Sedalia 200 Brad Pollitt said. “It offers an opportunity for our students to get out in the community and see if the career they think they would like to pursue is the right for them.

We strive to give our students as many opportunities as we possibly can and this seems like an excellent way for the students to explore some options before they finalize on a career choice,” Pollitt added.

The program is based off a concept Watkins designed in the early ’80s at Harris Labs in Lincoln Nebraska and has been in place at Sacred Heart Schools in Sedalia for two years.

The board is also scheduled to hear a presentation from S-C principal Wade Norton concerning the schools ACT Preparation Program.

“One of the district’s goals is to improve the scores of our students on the ACT test,” Pollitt said. “The test has become the standard by which colleges measure student success and so we are doing all we can to ensure our students success on the test.”

Pollitt emphasized that the district was not teaching the test but was instead helping to prepare the students with the knowledge that they need to have to be successful on the test.

“Our administrators, staff and counselors have dedicated a great deal; of additional time to help our students become better prepared and successful on not only the ACT Test but all standardized testing the will have to take in the future,” Pollitt said. “The staff and students at the high school have been working on ways to help even more students with those skills.

The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sedalia Middle School 2205 South Ingram.

For more information, call the central office at 660-829-6450.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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