“We had an opportunity to meet with people to either lease this space out or have a (childcare program of our own),” said Payne, noting he met with representatives from Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission and Center for Community Action recently.
“We know the needs are there for it,” he said.
Hicks noted they received $5,000 that helped 18 kids at the center with various programs.
Additionally, adult education coordinator Laura Hicks presented representatives from F&M Trust with a certificate of appreciation, as HCCTC was a recipient of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds from the bank this past year.
Executive director Tony Payne said the idea has been floated to use the space formerly occupied by the welding program, which is now in the new addition of the center, for a possible childcare facility.
“We’re going to explore to see if this is something that can be done,” Payne added, adding that he was told that there may be funding available if this is something they pursue.
Payne also noted the demolition of the inside of the practical nursing building has been completed, and renovations should begin in the next week or so.
In other business, JOC members approved:
– the emergency instructional time template for the 2021-22 school year. – the 2022-23 calendar for the school year.
– changes to the health and safety plan to reflect the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). – Barry Sunderland, Jeff Weyer, Carmen Groff, Linda Bennett and 49 students to attend the SkillsUSA District 7 competition Jan. 18 at the Jaffa Shrine. The cost will be between $658-$958 for two busses, $300 for three substitutes and use of the school van and trailer.
All board members, both present and immediate past members in attendance, were also recognized for their work, as January is designated as school director recognition month. Each JOC members was presented with a sweatshirt and certificate of appreciation. A three-course formal dinner was also prepared and served by the students and staff of the culinary arts program.