By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held a work session last week and the first order of business
was a discussion about the proposed College and Career Academy.
The Board heard
from members of the committee studying the benefits to the student body and the
community in establishing a College and Career Academy.
The group is
working hand in hand with Georgia Northwestern College, who already provides
some classes at the high school.
spoke to the Board about the committee holding seven meetings, one in each
community in the county, along with Georgia Northwestern, to explain the
College and Career Academy.
“We would like
at least one Board member, Josh Ingle, principal at Dade High School,
Superintendent Shawn Tobin, Dr. Cantrell and a representative from Georgia
Northwestern to make the presentations,” Cervelli said.
question was “How do we get closure before we talk to the community,” Cervelli
Johnny Warren stated he had questions that had not been answered such as the
role of Georgia Northwestern on equipment, teachers, etc.
Carolyn Bradford stated that she felt it was moving too fast and questions
needed to be answered.
David Powell stated he felt the Board needed to see the presentation and talk
with representatives from Georgia Northwestern.
Phillips from Georgia Northwestern addressed the Board stating that they were
already approved to teach classes at the high school and want to do more. “We
are not proposing anything right now that would require a lot of money,” he
Cantrell, CTAE Director and assistant principal, explained to the Board that
funding would be by grant and commitment from Georgia Northwestern. He was
asked about the cost of filing the grant and stated that he thought they could
do the grant without any cost.
question the Board has with the proposal is the sustainability of the project.
“What happens five or six years down the road when equipment, etc., has to be
replaced and the grant money is gone,” Warren asked.
entire Board felt like the College and Career Academy was a great idea for the
entire community, sustainability is the most important question.
No decision was
made at Monday’s meeting but the Board will be meeting with the committee to do
additional research on the project before making a final decision on moving forward.