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HCS board approves staffing levels at career center

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By Kelly Cantrall

The new career center will be bringing 11 new teaching positions to Hardin County Schools.

The HCS board approved Thursday the staffing allocations for the Early College and Career Center, providing a small look at the structure of programs in the facility.

According to a decision paper presented to the board, the center will employ two teachers in the culinary, health sciences, and advanced robotics/automation programs. The center plans to hire one teacher each in the automotive technology, informational technology and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering programs. Plans also call for hiring one special education instructor and a teacher to assist with credit recovery and program acceleration.  One teacher each in the culinary and health sciences programs will be designated a head teacher in the program and will receive an additional $3,000, according to the paper.

The building also will have a counselor, an office manager, an attendance clerk and two custodians. Dan Robbins is principal of the center.

Money for the jobs comes from the district’s general fund, which is why allocations need to be approved by the board.

Determining staffing levels for the center is more difficult than traditional schools because it’s based on student enrollment, but students will remain enrolled in their home high schools and attend the center for only half of the school day. At this point, the staffing levels are based on written commitments from students.

Additional allocations might come before the board once the center opens and student participation can be better determined, according to the paper.

The allocations were approved unanimously by the board. There was no discussion during the meeting.

Kelly Cantrall can be

reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.