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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007

Limestone board discusses policy for tech school

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A teacher told school officials Thursday a new policy could destroy the tech school and should be called "anti-economic development."

The policy would require a program at the Limestone County Career Technical Center to maintain an enrollment of 25 students for two consecutive years or be terminated.

Teacher Jackie McLemore said the system is switching from block scheduling to a seven-period day this fall and should wait to see what impact that will have on the numbers.

"This may lead to the closing of programs that teach our students who get jobs with contractors in our area," McLemore said. "BRAC is coming, and parents moving here are interested in our tech programs."

The Base Realignment and Closure process is expected to move more than 4,000 jobs to Redstone Arsenal and up to 10,000 people to the Tennessee Valley.

Superintendent Barry Carroll said it's not economically feasible to have some teachers with 90 students a day and others with 10 students a day. Carroll said it's also not fair to students who cannot get into a popular class and have to sign up for a class they do not want.

Carroll said if the board terminated a program, it would replace it with another one or expand the popular ones like medical services, food service, collision repair and design/drafting.

Carroll said he would add in the policy that the board would have the final decision to terminate a program.

The board will hold two more hearings before approving the policy.

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