Brookings-Harbor School District stepped up investments in Career and Technical Education (CTE), College and Career Readiness programs and dropout prevention programs.

Those areas are the focus of how the school district plans to spend money recently released from the state High School Success Fund (Measure 98), according to Nancy Raskauskas-Coons, the district’s public relations officer.

The High School Success Fund was established by law to “improve students’ progress toward graduation beginning with grade 9, increase the graduation rates of high schools and improve high school graduates’ readiness for college or career,” according to a press release from the school district.

“For the last three years, we have been working hard in all three focus areas identified by Measure 98. These funds will go a long way in moving our efforts forward to meet the diverse needs of all our students,” said Lisa Dion, Brookings-Harbor High School principal.

Plans underway

For Career Technical Education, BHSD plans to:

•Add Chromebook carts for all CTE classes;

•Expand of the welding program shop area;

•Provide laptops in the robotics lab, as well as digital manufacturing;

•Shop upgrades for CTE programs.

“By boosting CTE programming, it will allow us to reach deeper into increasing graduation rates,” said Sean Gallagher, Brookings-Harbor School District superintendent

The district also plan to make investments in College and Career Readiness. In this area, the BHSD 17C plans to:

•Purchase Chromebook carts for all Dual Credit college classes;

•Set aside funds to help with college tuition costs; and

•Find ways to assist with supporting associated assessment costs for the ACT, SAT and PSAT.

Dropout prevention

The district plans to make substantial investments in dropout prevention. In this area, it will invest in:

•Educational technology upgrades for the Community Bridges Alternative Education Center;

•Hire an extended-school-day coordinator to ensure freshman and sophomores stay on-track to graduate;

•Mental health support improvements, including relocating the School-Based Health Center to a more accessible location for more students in the school district;

•Increased supports for students and staff in dealing with adverse childhood experiences;

•Increase supports for families in need; and

•Increase support for student homeless population.

Initiatives

Several initiatives are already underway and many are in the planning stages.

On Dec. 6, the school board approved a plan to shift several district facilities to grow the existing Career Technical Education facilities and the district’s partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC).

Highlights of the changes include:

•Expansion of the current welding facility;

•Realignment of art and ceramic facilities;

•Integration of digital imaging with manufacturing;

•Moves the School-Based Health Center to the district office location, where it will use 50 percent of the modular building space; and

•Creates an additional classroom using the remaining 50 percent of the space in the district office.

The move will create an expanded Career Technical Education hub at Brookings-Harbor High School, while enabling increased dual credit opportunities for BHHS students and community education. Because of the changes, district offices will move to the former OPTIONS building at Easy Street and Fern Avenue. The building was once the district office and was slated to return to its original use in the long-term facilities plan.

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