CHS electives may expand

COLUMBIANA- Course offerings at the Columbiana High School could be different in the future if Superintendent Don Mook’s suggestion is put into motion.

Mook said this week business electives should be added to the existing electives offered to students, which are music, art and some technology.

“Sometimes we have juniors and seniors that have fulfilled the majority of their required credits, and we want to provide some additional options. We want to be able to give a student some potential certification, whether it be in the form of some Microsoft or business package,” he said.

The first step would be to utilize current staff, like Trisha Missos, who is already certified in technology and business teaching and then branch out to interested adjunct professors if needed, he explained.

“We want to establish partnerships with higher education and technical institutes,” he said.

Students already have the option of taking courses at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center and Kent State University, but Mook would like to have classes on site for students who may not want to go off campus.

The electives would be for dual-credit.

“We think it’s critical we start looking at that internally hopefully it will have a positive impact on our curriculum,” he said.

Board President Mark Hutson agreed more business courses are needed, but had one concern.

“My concern is that since we are funding the career center, we don’t duplicate taxes and have taxpayers paying twice,” he said.

The board is not being asked to vote on the matter at this point.

Hutson also made one other comment during this week’s meeting, in reference to a comment made by city Mayor Bryan Blakeman at a recent council meeting.

Blakeman called out the district for not planning ahead for funding for the roof repairs over South Side Middle School.

“I am dismayed to hear comments coming from those meetings with regard to our roof project. Hopefully this spirit of cooperation that has been present in the past between city government and the school system will continue,” he said.