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Last night the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board listened to an update from corporation Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel of the Stenftenagel Group in regards to ongoing building renovation projects across the corporation.

Now though January is coming to an end Stenftenagel told the board the necessity for building and maintenance continues.

Stenftenagel presented the board blueprints of plans that are necessary for Ireland Elementary  such as a handicap ramp and other expansions including 4 classrooms and 2 additional restrooms.

The GJCS Board approved Stenftenagel’s request for permission to advertise for bids in efforts to develop these construction projects.

With the meeting having momentum of approving requests one item mentioned for approval was in regards to a Memorandum of Understanding with Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center for CNA courses and a partnership between them, Jasper High School, and Patoka Valley HealthCare Co-Op.

Superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey describes how this partnership was achieved.

Lorey says she believes that it’s a great  opportunity for students to take advantage and enroll in this program if it’s an area that they believe will enhance their future career goals. She adds that the Memorandum of Understanding with Memorial Hospital will include the access to a certified instructor that will be teaching these CNA courses.

Later during last night’s gathering it was announced that the E-Learning or Digital Learning Day will be taking place in March where students from Jasper Middle School will be encouraged to participate.

Dr. Lorey explains that the E-Learning Day will not be a day off from school but a day of innovation.

According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.

Also last night Lorey announced that snow-make up days will include Feb. 15, March 18th, and March 28th. Another date for parents to consider is the Kindergarten registration day for students at Ireland Elementary School. Sign ups will take place on February 23rd from 8:30 am till 12 noon and 4 pm till 6:30 pm.

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