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Community members interested in sharing opinions on the possibility of Hardin County Schools opening a College and Career Center have an opportunity through a survey being offered on the district’s website.
The survey was created through the student advisory council for Superintendent Nannette Johnston. Chris Mudd, a senior at John Hardin High School, suggested the survey after Johnston asked the 12-member board to gather opinions from students and parents.
The district plans to open a vocational/technical center, which would be in what is G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. A new building would be constructed for the elementary school. Johnston has expressed a desire to see students graduate from high school with a career certificate or college hours.
The survey asks respondents about their overall interest in a College and Career Center, as well as whether they would want more information on one, and what career paths they’d like to see included, such as culinary arts, computer programming/repair, plumbing and welding.
The survey has been up for about a week, Mudd said. The students plan to report back to Johnston and the HCS Board of Education after about a month.
Mudd said this is the first time the student advisory council has reached out to the community in this way.
“We’re really excited about it,” he said.
John Wright, HCS community relations director, said other communities have had a lot of success with career centers, and HCS officials want to see how interested Hardin County residents are in one.
“Because right now, we’re proceeding,” he said.
Wright said officials plan to talk to companies about what they’re looking for in employees.