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KCSD unveils adult education programs

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District rolled out its Adult Continuing Education programs during a presentation at Thursday night’s school board voting session.

The hope is that the classes will help fund the district’s coffers while enhancing the community.

Rob Getz, the adult education coordinator, gave an in-depth presentation on the program. Getz said that KCSD intends to start the program in March on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes will cost $99 for 12 hours of instruction.

“It’s been a hectic month and a half, trying to get courses up and running this fast,” Getz said. “For the evening classes, we will have 14 offerings.”

Nearly all of the classes will be held at Central Mountain High School. There is a wide range of offerings, including: Fitness and Nutrition, French Culture and Language, Fly Tying, Google Suite, Introduction to Auto Cad, Personal Finance, Can-Do-Crafty Cards, Conversational Spanish, Landscape Maintenance, Homeowner 101, Cooking with Chicken (Six Delicious Meals in Six Weeks), ServSafe Food Handler Certification and Vehicle Safety Inspection Course.

Most classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information about the ACE programs, call (570) 893-4900 ext. 4367 or email Getz at rgetz@kcsd.us.

Getz also talked about the Student Summer Program. He said he’s hopeful to have 19 teachers and 10 assistants taking part in the program. Some of the program ideas, he said, include local history, sports, music, robots, world cultures and STEM. The tentative times of the classes are 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tentative dates of the classes are June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 and July 20-24.

“We skipped the Fourth of July, but this is the plan right now,” Getz said.

Board member Elisabeth Lynch asked Getz if there was a plan for transportation as well as meals for the students.

Getz said that those details are still being worked out.

“By the end of next week, I’ll have a pretty good idea of all the teachers involved and the different sessions that we might have,” Getz said.

KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said that the district will do all it can to ensure the success of the program.

“Although this is intended to be a revenue generator, we want to make sure that the students who need the most access to summer programs can also get that,” Martin said, “so we’ll do what we can to help those families.”

In other business Thursday night, the district announced the hire of Megan Hull as the new director of curricular innovation. Martin said that her start date will depend on when she’s release from her current contract with the State College Area School District.

“They can hold her up to 60 days, that’s just standard,” Martin said.

Martin is “thrilled” with the hire.

“We worked together at Penns Valley. I hired her there as a teacher and I hired as an instructional technology coach at State College. She’s a really awesome fit for this position. Her primary goals over the next year and a half are to help teachers adjust to the new block schedule, develop curriculum, revise the elementary report card as well as launching professional learning communities K-12. All those areas that we need are a perfect fit with her skill set,” Martin said.

The decision, Martin said, was not an easy one.

“We had a very robust candidate pool,” Martin said. “I’m very pleased with the board’s decision.”

The KCSD board will meet again for a work session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Central Mountain High School library.

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