Pike-Lincoln Tech could tap Illinois for students
The Pike-Lincoln Technical Center (PLTC) is looking across the Mississippi River to build its student and funding bases.
The center has seen its student population go from around 300 to 250 since the fire that destroyed the main building in December 2011.
Now center Director Martin Hanley and Assistant Director Andy Jolly think they may have found a way to rebuild the bases by bringing in high school students from Illinois.
Hanley said Friday, Jan. 3 he was recently told by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that it would be okay to pursue Illinois high school students.
The idea started last fall when Jolly went to a job fair in Pittsfield, Ill., Hanley said.
“A lot of their students were interested in what we have to offer,” he said.
Pleasant Hill High School students also showed interest, Hanley added.
“It’s something that could happen next year, but probably the year after,” Hanley said.
The process of setting up high school schedules and transportation to accommodate Pike County, Ill. students would probably drag the process to the 2015-2016 school year, he said.
“They would have to budget for that and get drivers to bring the kids over here,” Hanley said.
Adding to the time line is the rebuilding of the main center building in Eolia. Currently, tech center high school students from Pike and Lincoln counties are bussed to the old Clopton Middle School for a half-day of classes.
But the new building won’t be ready until January 2015 at the earliest.
The center could handle additional students at the middle school now but could accommodate even more when the new building is complete, Hanley said.
“They don’t have something similar to PLTC,” that is close to the Pike County, Ill. high schools, Hanley said. “The more students we can help out, the better.”