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Voc Ag Courses and FFA Sharing Addressed By R-A Board

By Staff | Oct 18, 2011

For some time, students of the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District have been without vocational agriculture courses or an FFA chapter in the school. On Oct. 10, discussion was held to consider sharing with other school districts.

Ruthven-Ayrshire Superintendent Norene Bunt noted that she had received a phone call from a parent asking if the Ruthven-Ayrshire school district could begin offering FFA and ag programs.

“I told them that I thought it was a possibility and would be good for our kids,” said Bunt.

She continued, “We’d like to send out letters to the high school parents to see how many kids and parents would be interested in pursuing sharing voc ag and FFA with a neighboring district. We have to figure out if we have enough kids to have a teacher come over and have a course, and then we’ll get together with Emmetsburg and Graettinger/Terril and figure out which one would be the best.”

A question was asked regarding coordinating the sharing of ag courses and FFA with Career Academy courses through Iowa Lakes Community College.

“The other districts are willing to arrange schedules that work for us, and that’s why we should be getting on this pretty quickly,” Bunt answered. “They’re saying that we could start sharing by the second semester of the current school year.”

Another question addressed whether some of the ag courses could be used for math or science credit.

“That’s always a possibility,” answered Principal Jon Josephson.

“We need to check on what they would qualify for,” added Bunt.

“It sounds like this is going to be a good opportunity. Hopefully, in November we’ll have more information for you on this,” Bunt concluded.