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United students can get credit for offering tech help

HANOVERTON — The United Local board approved a tech help 101 elective credit presented by high school principal Bill Young at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Beginning in the second semester of this school year, students are able to earn 1/4 elective technology credit for serving as a student tech assistant during their study hall. Students can either receive the 1/4 credit per semester or receive community service hours required by several student service organizations.

One student per period would be working at a physical help desk and would be able to help out with any level-1 (extensions, google problems, questions about microsoft word) technological assistance. The issue will be evaluated, and if it is a level-2 (involving security or access to the network) issue it will be passed on to a teacher to handle.

“There are a lot of things that these students can help with,” Young said. “We’d like to make it something they can learn from and also be an asset to the school. With our laptop program, there are constantly things that need resolved.”

These positions are only offered to high school students during study hall. After losing some resources, this is the school’s attempt to get some of the lower-level issues resolved while benefiting the students and the school.

If the student chooses the option of an elective credit, the course would read as “Tech Help 101” on a transcript and would receive a pass/fail grade.

In other business, the board approved the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser event on Feb. 7 at the home basketball game. The goal is to raise $1,000 from a raffle and T-shirt sale, and all proceeds will go to the Columbiana County Health Department to help with treatment and awareness. A Super Bowl block pool fundraiser was also approved, and all proceeds for that will benefit the football program.

The board also accepted donations of $1,000 from the National Family, Career and Community Leaders Grant to United’s FCCLA, $900 from Mike Ellyson to the football program, $500 from the National Tire and Battery Corporation to the football program, $140 from Krista Fitch to the Community Outreach program, $105 from the United Transportation Department to the Community Outreach program, $100 from Thomas and Connie Young to the eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip and $30 from Jay and Pam Herron to the academic challenge team.

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