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3 area high schools chosen for new engineering initiative

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2432

Athens, Austin and Decatur are among 16 high schools chosen to participate in the stateís new Engineering Academy Initiative for Alabama.

In a letter to Decatur Superintendent Sam Houston dated May 24, state Superintendent Joe Morton wrote that the initiative will let the high schools partner with one of the stateís colleges of engineering and receive ongoing support and guidance from the engineering faculty.

Students will get to take advanced math, science and engineering courses needed to succeed in university engineering courses.

The schools will get $3,500 for the end of the 2007 fiscal year and an amount yet to be determined for the 2008 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Austin Principal Don Snow said the state asked him to submit a budget to Auburn University, which is administering the program. The request is to cover professional development, travel and other expenses.

Snow said he is still trying to get information on the initiative.

He said the one thing he knows for sure is this means his school will offer an engineering class, although he isnít sure whether it will begin in the first or second semester.

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