STEM students get engineering experience at DOT

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM.

Students from Washington, Holmes, Jackson and Calhoun Counties also participated in the event.

“The challenge is trying to do this in a broader sense,” Board President Terry Ellis said. “A lot of students don’t get to have these experiences to inspire them, and the challenge is to put something in place to make sure we not only can keep this program, but we can offer it to more kids.”

Ellis said the district also appreciates the work of the PAEC and the DOT for hosting the program.

In other business, Technology and Information Services Coordinator Sandra Coppedge thanked the board for its support and asked that a workshop be scheduled to discuss hiring a data clerk for the department.

“I just want you to know I appreciate the support of the board, and we have been working really hard now to bring our department into the 21st Century,” Coppedge said. “We have had people from other districts ask to visit and see our IT department, so the word is getting out that we are doing something good here.”

The board set a workshop for 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, to discuss the data clerk position.

Resident Veronica Jones asked the board to consider repealing a five-day out of school suspension which was levied on her grandson and another student following an altercation at the Chipley High School. Jones handed out copies of a video of the incident to the school board members, and said her grandson was attacked.

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