(Avoca) A-H-S-T Community School District along with Walnut Community School District have announced that they will officially begin whole-grade sharing of grades 7-12 in the fall of 2014.
The Walnut Board of Education approved the four-year whole-grade sharing agreement at their regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday. The A-H-S-T Board of Education also approved the agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting last night.
School Officials say the process of whole-grade sharing began for A-H-S-T and Walnut in September of 2013 when both districts passed a resolution to enter into whole-grade sharing negotiations. After public input was provided, the draft whole-grade sharing agreement was presented in separate public hearings to the Walnut and A-H-S-T patrons in December of 2013.
All students in grades 7-12 will be served at the A-H-S-T secondary. The name of the secondary for extracurricular purposes will be AHSTW. The mascot will be the Vikings and Lady Vikes, with the colors remaining Blue, Red, and White. Walnut will reimburse A-H-S-T for 80% of the district cost per pupil provided by the state to educate their resident students.
A-H-S-T also approved the expansion of programs and staff. Next year the AHSTW secondary will have a full time Agricultural Education and Industrial Technology program. A-H-S-T is also adding a full time TAG teacher, a secondary Language Arts teacher, a Student Services Coordinator, as well as increasing teaching staff in the special education and Title I departments.
January 23, 2014