Decatur City Schools is on the move.
Even as the state legislators representing Decatur go to unusual lengths to undermine public schools, DCS officials remain focused on improving the education students receive.
At a series of public meetings in December and January, members of the community consistently expressed concern that DCS graduates were not as prepared as they needed to be for a job.
Two months later, the school district is doing something to address those concerns. It entered into an agreement with Calhoun Community College to add more dual-enrollment options, expanding the career technical curriculum for high school students.
“Our goal is to make sure every student in our system is career-ready when they graduate,” Superintendent Ed Nichols said.
The classes would apply toward a college degree for students who pursue that path. Maybe more important, it gives career options for those who lack the money or desire to continue their schooling after high school.
The dual-enrollment classes will prepare students for jobs such as welders, nursing assistants and cosmetologists. They will cover numerous subjects, including EMT certification, industrial maintenance and broadcasting.
It would be understandable if DCS officials looked at the hostile political environment in Montgomery or at dwindling state funds and gave up. They are not paying attention to Montgomery, though. Their focus is on the students, and they are determined to give those students the best education possible.
If DCS sustains its renewed sense of purpose, Decatur’s future is bright.
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