Scottsbluff Public Schools has completed an interim report to the state on how a nearly $828,000 grant is helping the high school meet all of the Nebraska AQuESTT accountability standards, and school officials are excited about their progress.
Money from the grant has been used to help the SHS Career Academies bring in some of the latest technology and educator training in the fields of metal working, health care, STEM and more.
Assistant Principal Justin Shaddick tells KNEB News that while the school still has one more year of the process, they’re looking to examine effectiveness of the program well beyond the end of the grant. “We’ll continue to collect data and see how successful we are. I think we need at least five years of data to see how successful the program is and the impact it’s having on our students,” says Shaddick, “Especially post-secondary to see if those students are getting the jobs that we want them to get and they’re completing their degree programs, getting their certifications.”
Shaddick says so far, primary stakeholders such as business partners that employ students through internships are pleased with the results.
He says school officials are already looking for new or additional funding methods that would help keep staff and equipment on the cutting edge after the Innovation Grant is completed, which will be at the end of 2019.