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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.

Peter Cervelli 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.

The big question was “How do we get closure before we talk to the community,” Cervelli added.

Board Member Johnny Warren stated he had questions that had not been answered such as the role of Georgia Northwestern on equipment, teachers, etc.

Board Chair Carolyn Bradford stated that she felt it was moving too fast and questions needed to be answered.

Board Member David Powell stated he felt the Board needed to see the presentation and talk with representatives from Georgia Northwestern.

Stewart 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 stated.

Dr. James 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.

The big 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.

While the 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.





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