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AmTech talks co-op with Board of Education

Published 11:41am Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Alexander City Board of Education heard from several groups about statuses of ongoing projects in the system.

Board members first heard from Dan Meeks, who spoke about AmTech’s ongoing workforce development project with the schools and the company’s involvement in the newly formed workforce development committee.

“We want to make sure you’re aware of what we’re trying to do and make sure it’s consistent with what the board would like to see,” Meeks said. “Essentially AmTech is on a path to carry the message … through a little bit more formal training. We’re working in conjunction with the high school and the middle school.”

Meeks said AmTech and the schools are currently involved in a successful co-op program.

“Part of this (presentation) is to make sure the board understands how important it is that we continue this movement,” Superintendent Lou Ann

Wagoner said.

Wagoner said some fifth grade teachers had recently toured AmTech as part of the workforce development process.

“Sometimes you have to be into the work place to see what is needed today – it’s not an assembly line mentality anymore,” Wagoner said. “They really want you to be able to communicate and able to look at your area and see how efficient you can make it.”

Meeks said in the co-op program, the students are not only mentored by current employees but also provide a “fresh” look at operations, which has proved mutually beneficial.

Currently, AmTech and Lee Marketing are the only local businesses involved, but the committee is striving to find more before the end of the school year.

“AmTech has been a great partner for us,” Wagoner said. “I think we all need to understand that this could change the entire community, so we really need to continue with it.”

The board also:

- heard from Ellen Martin about the success in the After the Bell program. The program, which is in its second year, currently has 105 students enrolled in third through eighth grades. The program helps children with homework and provides an after-school snack as well as physical activity.

- heard a presentation on Home Instruction for the Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) from director Barbara Thompson, explaining how the program has expanded its staff and is finding new ways to involve the public.

- voted 4-0 to approve the formal contract with the Alabama Association of School Boards to employ their search service for the superintendent. Board member Kelly Waldrop was absent.

- received a gift and saw a presentation from the Alexander City Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club

- heard a live performance from the iPad music class at Benjamin Russell High School

- approved the December 2012 finanical report