Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rural school district in Wisconsin is first to say it will end vocational agriculture education

Rural education without agricultural education: Is that even possible? The Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin believes so. It has identified 33 agricultural programs that may face cutbacks, and as Megan Peterson of WEAU 13 News Eau Claire reports, "One district close to home is going a step further and may eliminate it altogether."

"We made about $300,000 worth of cuts last year," Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan School District Supt. Bill Van Meer told Peterson. This year the school district needs to cut $481,000 to balance its budget. Van Meer estimates a savings of $80,000 to $90,000 by cutting the agriculture program.

Supporters of agricultural education are very upset about Van Meer's announcement to cut agricultural education to save money. "We just feel it's that valuable and we'd sure like to keep it and help do what we can to make sure it's there in the future for other families and kids," FFA Alumni President Jerome Laufenberg told Peterson. (Read more)

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