The Hope School Board learned Monday night that a planning grant for a Hope High School Career Academy has been given the green light.
“We got a letter from William L. 'Bill' Walker, Jr. of the Department of Career Education,” Superintendent Bobby Hart said. “We have received a 'planning' grant for the amount of $30,000 for Hope High School.”
“The career academy model will provide instructional strategies that will also strike a balance between increased academic achievements and providing a meaningful purpose for attending school,” the letter reads.
The grant, according to the letter, will begin on July 2, and end on June 28, 2014.
Hart explained the concepts of the career academy.
“This program is in conjunction with the STEM Program we are implementing now,” he said. “We will be touring other school districts to get a hands-on look to see how the program works. We will try to develop three or four different academies. For example, we are going to try to set up a medical health sciences academy, where students will study health sciences if they are interested in becoming a nurse or doctor. We are also looking at the hospitality field.
“This program will prepare kids to either go to college, or go right into the field that they are interested in,” Hart said.
In other business, a construction report on Hope High School expansion and renovation was presented by Assistant Superintendent Steve Bradshaw.
“The job site has been dry for the most part,” Bradshaw reported. “A few rains have slowed down progress, but only for a short period of time. Good progress is being made at this time.”
Work on the new Bobcat Den includes:
--The slab is finished in the location of the coaches offices and locker rooms.
--Workers were scheduled to start laying blocks on Monday, working on the inside walls first.
--The metal building is scheduled to be delivered by May 11.
--The football practice area has been prepared and is ready for the turf.
--The block layers are going to lay two sample colors of blocks that were selected by the architect. The school district will get to choose the color they want.
The concrete workers are forming and pouring grade beams in the lobby area and are working their way toward the band and choir building areas, Bradshaw said.