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Martin proposes adult education program at KC

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

RENOVO — Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin is trying to come up with innovative ways to generate revenue for the district.

With that in mind, Martin gave an inspired presentation about Adult and Community Education to the board at Thursday night’s work session, which was held in the cafeteria at Bucktail High School.

“This came out of several ideas that were provided to us when I charged my team with thinking of great ideas to generate revenue for the district,” Martin said. “We’ve put together some potential costs and ideas about the program.”

According to Martin, Adult and Community Education, or ACE for short, would:

— Provide vocational programs of interest of adults in the community.

— Provide extended learning opportunities for students during non-instructional time periods.

— Provide a long-term revenue source to support the district general fund.

— Maximize facility usage without negatively impacting instruction.

If the board eventually approves the program, Martin said that she would like to see it launch by spring of 2020.

The adult education program would have two avenues, vocational and avocational. There would be potential apprenticeship offerings for CNC operator, manufacturing technician level 1 and health care. Potential certification offerings would include cosmetology, CPR, auto inspection, welding, OSHA and ServSafe.

On the avocational side, offerings would include photography, gardening, cooking, technology/computer skills, painting/art, home decorating, flower arranging and carpentry/woodworking.

“We think that once it gets up and running, the sky’s the limit. If we have interest, anything we’d run would be revenue generating,” Martin said.

There would be four ACE cycles in the calendar year — spring, summer, fall and winter. Ideally, Martin said, the programs would meet one evening per week on either Tuesday or Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Each program would be six weeks in length, or a total of 12 hours. Cost per person would be $99 per course plus any additional supplies that are required and there would be no registration fee.

The details on apprenticeship programs may fluctuate due to certification requirements and grants, Martin said.

With the registration cost set at $99, the minimum 10 registrations would generate $990 in revenue while the maximum of 20 registrations would generate $1,980 in revenue. Anticipated expenditures would be $540 for a lead instructor and $200 for instructor supplies, meaning expense totals would be $740. The anticipated profit would be anywhere from $250 to $1,240 per program.

In addition to the adult program, Martin was excited to propose a student summer program, which would launch in the summer of 2020.

Martin referenced a defunct program that could serve as the basis for KCSD’s student summer program.

“I’m not sure if anyone remembers the ‘Summer Happenings’ that was at Lock Haven University, but I’ve been thinking a lot about that type of program, how that worked and how many students took part in ‘Summer Happenings’ for decades,” Martin said.

A student summer program would feature an $85 registration fee with 15 students taking part in 30 sessions. The estimated weekly enrollment would be 450 students. The estimated revenue would be $191,250.

As far as expenses are concerned, there would be a need for 30 lead instructors for four hours each day. There would be a total of 25 days in the sessions with a $30 hourly payroll and $4,500 for supplies. Total expenditures would be $94,500.

That leaves an anticipated profit of $96,750.

“We needed some concrete numbers for revenue generation,” Martin said.

The programs would start in the last week of June. The Fourth of July week would be skipped and programs would resume the following week. The program would run for a total of five weeks, ending in early August. There would be morning and afternoon sessions, making it possible for parents to choose a convenient time to have their child involved.

“This would all be based off of registrations and interest,” Martin said.

Martin said that she would like to see a vote on the program at next week’s voting session or at November’s meeting.

“This is very, very exciting,” said KCSD board president Boise “Bo” Miller. “This is the kind of thing that we look around and we see other districts doing. We question, ‘why aren’t we doing it?’ Well, I guess we don’t have to ask that question anymore.”

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