Nevada School District Good Jobs, Good Schools Program

Published 04/11 2014 06:30PM

Updated 04/11 2014 07:32PM

NEVADA, MO.--- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's proposed "Good Jobs, Good Schools" program would effect many public school districts in the state, and Nevada schools would be one of them. The "Good Jobs, Good Schools" program would bring in $900,000 each year to the school district, which would help provide the school with two major needs. One of which is hiring more teachers.

"The student population changes and the issues of confronting students changed and we need to be able to address those. So we would like to be able to hire additional guidance counselors, additional resource folks to help deal with those things," said Dr. David Stephens, Nevada R-5 Superintendent. 

The second is advanced technology and dual credit courses, which will provide students with more opportunities in the future.

"We would have more opportunity to increase our dual credit offerings for students, so that would be a good thing for students who are college bound," said Dr. Stephens. 

Current, teachers like Brian Norton say this would help students become more competitive with other students in bigger school districts and across the world.

"We're a global market. We're competing against China, India, Europe. So we need students who graduate from high schools and are ready to go to college," said Brian Norton, Nevada School Teacher.

Norton teaches various pre-engineering and pre-medicine courses. He says students who are exposed to advanced technology in high school are more likely to start working on that career sooner rather than later.

"You know most kids would be in college before they would see what really, but this way they get some exposure on a high school level and get interested. If we can get these kids who are good at math interested, you know we could get more engineers," said Norton. 

Plus, the program would help Missouri's future economy and job growth.

"Now with kids, when they go on with jobs, they need to know technology. The better we can prepare them, the better they'll succeed in college and the better students, the better nation we'll have as a job force," said Dr. Stephens. 

The plan would fully fund the state's elementary and secondary school's by 2016. 

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