By Will Johnson
LATEXO – During a meeting of the Latexo ISD Board of Trustees held on Monday, July 16, an endorsement for public service in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program was discussed.
“We’ve never offered a public service endorsement before at this school and so we were thinking we might want to use this year to do research, talk to Region VI and get a scope and sequence for offering a public service endorsement, specifically in health careers,” LHS teacher Chris Cravens said.
Cravens said while many people were acquainted with CTE classes in the areas of agriculture and technology, “… this would add another dimension to our CTE program.”
He explained the CTE courses helped keep students in school because they allow for hands-on learning, they enhance academic achievement and they help to make students “career ready” once they graduate high school.
“Right now, we offer one certification class and that’s phlebotomy. Once a kid finishes the class and takes a national test, he or she is a certified phlebotomist,” Cravens said.
He explained the hope was once the program was up and running, students would be able to work with area clinics, doctors and pharmacies.
“The kids will get authentic, hands-on learning in the classroom and by working with local employers, they will be able to shadow and be part of a job as they learn,” he said.
Cravens explained as the country began to grow older, one of the more in-demand fields would be in healthcare and displayed a list of classes approved by the Texas Education Association to receive an endorsement in public service.
The list included: principles of health science; medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; medical microbiology; world health research; pathophysiology; health informatics; mathematics for medical professionals; pharmacology; health science theory/health science clinical; and health science practicum/extended practicum.
“For a kid to get an endorsement, they need four of these classes,” Cravens explained.
In other matters brought before the LISD Board of Trustees:
- The district’s fuel contract was awarded to Crockett Farm and Fuel.
- The contract with Chase Network Services, LLC for the 2018-2019 school year was approved.
- Region VI contracts were approved as presented.
- The appraisal calendar and list of appraisers were approved by the board.
- Maintenance and transportation updates were accepted as information by the board.
- Lunch prices were raised from $2.45 to $2.55.
- A contract with Crockett ISD to provide DAEP services was tabled for further consideration.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.