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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Wellsville-Middletown students returning to Hart Career Center

  • Restores total to eight sending schools
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  • Another area school district that had left the Hart Career Center consortium in 2009 has now rejoined.
    The Wellsville-Middletown School District has signed the paperwork to allow their students to once again take courses at HCC, starting the 2013-2014 school year.
    The Montgomery School District had also pulled their students, but this year started sending students five days a week.
    The two districts withdrew their students when the Mexico Board of Education decided to discontinue three of HCC's secondary classes – the machine tool program, auto collision program and the building trades program. Neither school sent students during the 2010 and 2011 school years.
    The Mexico School Board voted 6-1 to close the classes, in an effort to make the career center more productive in the 21st century. The decision was part of the district's three-year plan for the career center.
    The announcement of Wellsville-Middletown School District's decision to return was made at the Jan. 14 Mexico School Board monthly meeting.
    Hart Career Center Director Dr. Mickie Shank said she has worked closely with the new Wellsville-Middletown District superintendent and that he wants to open the door, "so their students also have access to the courses and programs that HCC offers."
    The amount of students Wellsville-Middletown sends, Shank said, will depend on their financial ability to pay.
    "They have had graduates that continue to look at programs, and we welcome their students back in our program," Shank said.
    The Mexico School District is part of a group of schools in a consortium, consisting of Van-Far, Community R-6, North Callaway, Fulton, Centralia and Paris. Now that Wellsville-Middletown and Montgomery have returned, there are once again eight sending schools with students enrolled at HCC.
    "I highly value the education that these students are able to get, and I'm pleased that all the boys and girls in our area have access to the programs," Shank said.

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