Arlington Citizen-Journal

Arlington school district seeks public input on Career and Technical Center

The Arlington school district is still seeking parental and community input on the programs to be offered at the district’s new $46.2 million Career and Technical Center, to open in 2017 at the current site of Hutcheson Junior High.

The career center is the most expensive of the $663.1 million in bond projects approved in May by voters.

Key dates left for public input for the center include a planning lab (the second of two) on Dec. 10 and 11.

A report to the board by the committee is planned for Jan. 15.

An online questionnaire was offered in October to students in grades 7 to 11. A total of 7,405 students took it, and their top three program choices were healthcare, gaming and simulation, and engineering.

A similar community questionnaire is available at for parents and residents.

The one-page questionnaire contains five questions and will be available thorough 5 p.m. Thursday.

Parents are asked to assess the level of their children’s interest in 21 career fields and to select their choices for the top three programs from the list.

There is a questions and comments section and a place to list any academic or facility factors that should be taken into consideration during further planning.

Data will be shared with planning lab participants to help them complete their work.

Planning labs consisting of students, parents, teachers, business leaders and community members for the major bond projects have been facilitated by DeJong-Richter, a facilities-planning firm hired by the district to gather public input.

Planning labs have also been held for the Workman Junior High addition, which will be adding former Hutcheson Junior High students to the campus population and the dual-language/fine arts academies at Corey and Roquemore elementary schools.

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