2/20/2018 4:03:00 PM Dr. Shockley: Funding reductions to after-school programs possible
Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center Superintendent Dr. Denise Shockley (left) spoke at the most recent meeting of the Wellston City Board of Education regarding reports that funding for after-school programs may be cut. Listening to Dr. Shockley is Wellston Superintendent of Schools Karen Boch (right). (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
The future of after-school program funding was on the mind of Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center Superintendent Dr. Denise Shockley when she addressed the Wellston City School Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, Feb. 12.
Dr. Shockley told the board members she has come across information that future funding for after-school programs is on the chopping block and she wants to ensure this does not happen.
She has been contacting political representatives in Columbus and Washington to point out that students who attend after-school programs get good enrichment activities, an extra snack, and extra time to do homework and socialize with other students. Dr. Shockley noted that many area school superintendents realize the importance of these programs and the need to keep them. She stated the effort to preserve funding will continue.
Wellston Superintendent Karen Boch agrees and asserts after-school programs are beneficial to students and should be preserved. She thanked Dr. Shockey for keeping up the fight for funding and for helping make the after- school programs possible.
On another matter, Dr. Shockley explained she recently toured the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Plant in Jackson and stated it was quite impressive. She explained the plant makes 400,000 barrels a year and employs local citizens and contributes to local organizations.
In other news from the meeting, the board dealt with many personnel items. The board employed Kimberly O'Neil and Ashley Lambert as para-professional special education aides (3.5-hour positions) along with Stacy Smith for a 3-hour position. The board also accepted the resignation of Yvonne Coleman as an aide at Bundy Elementary School.