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TRAC student programs growing

Members of the Jamestown Public School Board heard about the growing opportunities in a new partnership with the Two Rivers Activity Center on Monday.

Amy Walters, TRAC manager, provided the School Board with a report on the school district partnership since TRAC opened on Sept. 5.

The Learning Center at TRAC is currently enrolling children ages 3 to 5 in the Learning Center preschool and school-age program for children in before and after-school care, she said.

“The three full-time staff (of the Learning Center) all have degrees in education,” Walters said.

Work will start on paving a walking path between Jamestown High School and TRAC in 2018, she said. A community orchard project will start in the spring to include students in the design and planting process and later with classes in everything from horticulture to canning and preserving, she said.

“We look to use that as an education opportunity in itself,” Walters said.

Transition House students are employed in the Learning Center to prepare, serve and clean up after lunches, she said. The students also help with other tasks in addition to utilizing the facility through an agency membership, she said.

JHS athletes helped install the field turf in the TRAC bubble and the boys soccer and tennis teams have already utilized the field during inclement weather, she said. The JHS dance teams uses a TRAC classroom and JHS subvarsity basketball will use the courts, she said.

TRAC certified lifeguards will assist the JHS physical education department in a swimming class that will teach all the components for students to prepare for certification as a lifeguard, she said.

Robert Lech, school district superintendent, said there will be a lot more opportunities for kids through the partnership with TRAC.

Joe Hegland, curriculum and professional development coordinator, and instructional coaches Mari Stilwell and Brandie Ulland, reported on their work. The coaches conduct peer observations, assess students and evaluate data to help teachers develop lesson plans.

“Anything we can do to make learning better for all of us,” Stilwell said.

In other business, the School Board voted 7-0 for a memorandum of understanding with Jamestown Regional Medical Center. In the agreement the high school serves as a temporary emergency shelter if needed for equipment, staff and patients. School Board members Greg Allen and Sedric Trevithick were not present.