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Does Pinellas need a career/tech high school?



career_technical.jpgThe Pinellas school district has an array of career and technical programs, eveything from the Automotive Academy at Northeast High to the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High. But it doesn't have what many large districts do - a high school singularly devoted to those programs.

School board member Robin Wikle said today the district should consider just that. And in response, Dave Barnes, the district's career and technical director, said it will - when a yet-to-be-formed committee, in coming months, takes a close look at the future of career and technical programs in Pinellas.

Wikle said she envisioned a career and technical high school that would complement existing programs, but cater to struggling students. She pointed to the Bowers/Whitley Career Center in Hillsborough as a potential model.

"This could be one more strand to fulfilling the needs of the student that would possibly drop out," she told fellow board members at a retreat.

Barnes said the district explored the idea of a career tech high back in the late 1990s and has kicked around the idea since then. "It absolutely would be on the table" when the committee meets, he said.

Deputy superintendent Jim Madden said he anticipated the district will name the committee within a month.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:26pm]


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