Clay County CAPE Literacy Advisory Council met earlier this month at the YMCA Community Room to discuss the continuing process of enhancing literacy. The purpose is to bring about positive changes for the county.
Sharron Knight and John D. Mace, of Western Indiana Employment & Training Services Inc. spoke at the meeting. They explained how she helps area citizens prepare for job placement and he builds relationships with business and industry as potential employers of their clients.
Knight said state budget cuts could impact Clay County training programs but encouraged different agencies to continue working together. Mace gave brochures and posters to everyone to display.
Even Start is seeking referrals. The adult ed program in Clay City is struggling so a survey will be developed to assess the community's needs.
Maryann Reed said teachers and students have moved into the new alternative school. They're still working out the details on telephone and heating systems and waiting for lockers. Twenty-one students are currently enrolled and she expects more referrals to come in as the school year progresses. There are three full-time teachers and one coming form Northview High School to teach one class a day.
Supt. Thomas Rohr said he received bids last week for the Prevention Site renovation, but they came in higher than anticipated. The school board tabled the discussion of a bid acceptance at the last meeting so that plans can be reviewed. Not much construction is required, most of the work will be remodeling. Bids will be presented to the board in February. New names will be considered as well.
The South Branch of the Brazil Public Library is looking for a part-time library assistant. Jill Scarbrough said 310 families have registered for free trial memberships since the library opened. The library will have to begin charging for library cards beginning Feb. 8. The library received 20 calls last month about free adult ed classes. Vicki Switzer said this particular phase of the CAPE grant exemplifies what the community connection is all about.
The KidzLit program started this week at Jackson, Forest Park and Staunton Elementary Schools. Stephanie Zoll reported that Forest Park had so many children interested that two programs were developed there. Sixty children are being helped with reading and she expects another 10 to 15 when Annunciation School begins its program next week.
The sustainability of the CAPE grant may be addressed at the next school board meeting by Bill Minnis of Minnis & Assoc., the firm that wrote the grant. An Internet home page is funded by the CAPE grant to develop links to literacy organizations and higher education opportunities. The CAPE grant, is an acronym for Community Alliances Promoting Education and is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
In-service for teachers and child care providers with Kathy Politz is set for Feb. 22 and with Jim Trelease for Sept. 30. Politz will discuss Indiana Foundations for Young Children and Trelease will deliver his message about reading aloud.
Vicki Switzer encouraged everyone to write, e-mail or call their legislators about state budget cuts to Step Ahead and changes in First Steps.