by Elizabeth O’Farrell
The Pike County R-III school board met on Monday, August 27, to conduct regular business as well as hold a public hearing on proposed tax rates.
During the public hearing, Superintendent Mark Harvey proposed an incidental tax rate of $4.25 and a debt service tax rate of $.75, for a total rate of $5.0017, which is the same as last year.
Martin Hanley, the PLTC Director, reported the number of students in several programs. The numbers as reproduced here include morning and afternoon enrollments. Currently, these are the enrollment numbers at PLTC: 3-D, 20; auto collision, 32; auto service, 37; computer networking, 32; digital media, 10; law enforcement, 30; health science 1, 27; health science 2, 29; welding, 35; building trades, 9. Hanley noted that PLTC had not done any recruitment for the building trades program.
Hanley said that some items in the welding shop were replaced using enhancement grant funds and that there were a few items which might be auctioned.
Hanley reported that because of the large number of practical nursing students, the school will have to look for a clinical adjunct to help for a few days while students are in their long-term care and medical-surgical rotations.
Hanley also said that two area facilities are no longer licensed by the state to be CNA sites. The school, therefore, is looking for additional long-term care facilities to use for rotations. He then noted that the school has spoken with the state about potentially sponsoring a facility to become a training location.
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