Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

Kobza’s efforts for vocational ed deserve praise

February 5, 2004

Once again we must tip our hat to the efforts of Eudora USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza's dedication to providing educational opportunities in the community.
His latest effort is in response to Olathe's decision to pull out of the Greenbush cooperative that made vocational education available in this district and in many others in the area. Olathe's position led to the demise of the cooperative.
Jumping into the void, Kobza took the lead in forging a partnership with the De Soto school district in crafting a vocational education program that will serve the students of both districts. The De Soto Board of Education agreed Monday night to continue talks with Eudora on a proposal Kobza drafted.
The partnership suggested isn't altogether new. It builds on the relationship the two districts developed this year that brought culinary arts, auto collision technology and health careers sciences in Eudora and plant nursery and printing classes in De Soto.
The effort will have Eudora taking over as administrator of the programs at the two schools and contracting the service to De Soto. Skipping the for-profit middleman offers savings that offsets associated costs. The proposal would reserve 100 openings for the students of the two districts and would allow each district to sell unfilled openings to other districts.
The cooperative effort allows Eudora to offer programs it would likely not be able to afford on its own. It also allows the districts to make use of buildings no longer used for K-12 traditional education.
His work on this project and the bio-technology initiative should earn Kobza praise from those wanting the best for community youth.

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