Donation pays for HCS teaching training

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Science Applications International Corp. presents district with $8,000

By Kelly Cantrall

The partnership between Hardin County Schools and Science Applications International Corp. continued Monday with another gift from the company to the district.

HCS received $8,000 from Science Applications International Corp. on Monday, the latest in a series of financial gifts between the company and the school district.

SAIC has helped pay for Project Lead the Way programs in the district, and this latest check helps finance training for teachers who work in the pre-engineering program. This latest gift makes nearly $60,000 the company has donated to HCS.

Mark Kopp, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction at HCS, said SAIC offered the money after learning the district was struggling to pay for training for the program’s teachers.

Marv Barker, a senior program manager with SAIC’s enterprise and mission solutions business unit, presented the check.

“Any day that you can make a positive contribution to the community, it’s a great day,” Barker said.

Barker said the partnership with HCS presents an opportunity for them to be good corporate citizens. Along with financial gifts, SAIC also sends employees into classrooms to speak with students.

“We see this as an opportunity for our people to positively shape the future for some of these young folks,” Barker said.

Superintendent Nannette Johnston said those efforts on the part of SAIC are even more meaningful than the money, but the program largely couldn’t exist without the financing.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (2700 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.