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Clay school leaders seek advice from businsesses



Monitor Editor

The Clay County School District leaders met with business owners Dec. 14 to get their ideas on improving public education.

Darlene Mahla, a district public information officer, said  financial executives, leaders of the construction industry, government and military leaders, electricians, computer science and information technology administrators and sales executives attended the event at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club.

“I am reaching out to you,” Schools Superintendent Charles Van Zant Jr. told the group.   “I want you to tell us what you want and what skills you need so we can embed those skills into our career academies and help us prepare the next generation of workers.”

“Students also need to know that there is nothing wrong with swinging a hammer or being an electrician,” replied Robin Roundtree, Director of Apprenticeship with the NE Florida Builders Association.  “It’s also important that we instill in all children good work skills, good work ethics and we need to hold our children accountable.”

Dr. Saryn Hatcher, principal of the Clay Virtual Academy, also spoke at the event. Among the educators attending were Paul Parker, Director of the School District’s Career & Technical Education Program.

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