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MPCSD to launch fundraiser for Ag-Ed Program

School board unanimously approved pursuing program at special session
Aug 28, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant Community School District will begin fundraising for an Agriculture Education program, with the hope of launching it at the high school for the 2019-2020 school year.

During a special session on Monday, Aug. 27, the school board unanimously approved a fundraising campaign to raise $300,000 to sustain the program for three years, after which they will reevaluate. Once the fundraising total reaches $180,000, the district will post a job position and begin looking for a teacher for the program. The board hopes to reach that goal by November or December.

The average cost per teacher to the district is $60,000. The rest of the money would go to fund the program.

The program would open the district up to having a FFA chapter, with requirements of having at least 10 students signed up and a licensed instructor.

Donations to the program will go into the Mt. Pleasant Community School District Foundation, earmarked for starting the agriculture education program or for activities that support agriculture education if the total $300,000 is not raised.

The donations to the program will be tax deductible, superintendent John Henriksen said. If the fundraising came up short, Henriksen said it would be at the discretion and authority of the school board for how to spend those funds.

School board member Chuck Andrew said during a school board meeting on Aug. 13 that there is “overwhelming support” for the program and people are already willing to donate money. An agriculture education committee has had a handful of informal meetings to gague interest.

The committee also has been working with Farm Bureau to come up with fundraising ideas. School board member Martha Wiley said the curriculum for the program would be available free to the district from Farm Bureau.

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