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Louisa County school, county leaders head into classroom

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Troy Wade, chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, speaks with a group of students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School who made a sign listing the various initiatives at their school in which they are grateful.

Louisa County Public Schools hosted the Louisa County School Board and the Louisa County Board of Supervisors for a tour of several of the school division’s campuses on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Members began their day at the school division’s central office and heard from several students who are currently serving as interns as part of the school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

Louisa County Public Schools boasts one of the most impressive CTE programs in the Commonwealth. Louisa County High School was one of five schools selected by the Virginia Department of Labor for its Workforce Model Program. Of the five, Louisa County High School was the only rural school chosen, demonstrating that LCPS is leading the way among rural school divisions in providing beneficial apprenticeship opportunities.

Tour participants then traveled to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. While there, board members were able to get a first-hand look at the school’s Teachers of Tomorrow program, Specialty SPED programs and more.

The TJES Patriots also created signs thanking members of both boards for working together to help benefit students.

Board members were then given a tour of Louisa County Middle School, where they checked out the school’s Aquaponics program, 3-D printers and Student Technology Help Desk.

The Student Technology Help Desk is a new feature at the middle and high schools this year. Through the program, students serve as computer repair technicians for their fellow students who are experiencing minor issues with their technological devices.

Tour members then moved on to Louisa County High School. Board members received an in-depth look at the school’s Student Garden, Plasma Cutter and more.

The tour concluded with a meal prepared by students in high school CTE’S Culinary Arts Program.

The annual tour serves as a chance for members of both boards to see the success of LCPS programs in action.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Dec. 13, 2018 issue.

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