Ag facility would be $ well-spent

By Ricky Stutt | Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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A recent article in the Messenger stated that the Decatur High School Ag program was in need of more room to house more animal projects, at the cost of more than $700,000.

The growing number of students in the program is partly because of the success the program is having – success in projects and in leadership events. It was stated that “success breeds success.”

I totally agree that it is a great program and that “success” is because of the hard work of Mr. Allsup and others. I also commend the community in the support of the ag program.

Career and tech programs (vocational) are a vital part of the success of our community and our country. Continuation of community support is vital for the vocational programs.

There is a need for more vocational programs at Decatur ISD – a wider variety of programs to meet the needs of our students. Take a look at the jobs available across the nation: plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and criminal justice and health occupations. These are high-paying jobs that are achieved without the high cost of college tuition.

Wouldn’t it be money better spent if we diversify our student skills?

Please check out this website profoundlydisconnected.com for more information about the nation’s need for vocational skills.

Ricky Stutt

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