4community Education Roundtable Review
Fifty-four people attended the second 4community Roundtable held on July 13, 2006 at the Decatur Room of Adams Memorial Hospital. These represented the educational leadership of Adams County.
Wes Kuntzman, coordinator of the 4community project welcomed the group and gave a brief overview of the project. He then introduced Daryl Yost of the Innovation Center who spoke for the first 45 minutes about trends in education.
Following Dr. Yost’s presentation and a brief break at panel was convened for a discussion on educational issues. The panel was composed of:
Jim Compton – Superintendent North Adams Schools
Cathy Egolf - Superintendent South Adams Schools
Steve Bailey - Adams Central School Board –President Decatur Bank
Dr. Mark Keen – Chancellor –Ivy Tech
Judy Emshwiller – Area 18Vocational Director
Because of technology, it is possible to get a four-year college degree and never leave home.
There is a major disconnect between people and job opportunities. We need to educate to careers.
Vocational education – Adams County has a very good vocational program.
Vocational education allows students to explore different career tracks.
Education is an evolutionary and revolutionary process – in the future each student may have an IEP.
70% of educational failures are due to home and community reasons.
Employers are looking for flexibility, basic skills, and work ethic. Advanced skills are learned on the job.
There is a dramatic need for adult education.
Increased emphasis on the value of education.
Increase cooperation between the three school districts.
Offering needed classes at one of the three schools.
Sharing staff in low population subjects.
Offer adult continuing education (computer skills etc.)
Increase the availability of higher education in Adams County.
Increase opportunities for local adult education and job retraining.
The Education Roundtable Attendance
Dr. Daryl Yost-Innovation Center
Jim Compton-North Adams Community Schools
Cathy Egolf-South Adams Community Schools
Steve Bailey-Adams Central Community Schools
Judy Emshwiller-18 Area Vocational
Dr. Mark Kean-Ivy Tech
Kelly Ehinger, Decatur Public Library
Janet Macklin-United Way of Adams County
Barbara Engle-Decatur City Council
Larry Macklin-Decatur Chamber of Commerce
Josette Rider-Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Sarah Wellman-Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Ronda Cowans-Leadership Academy
Paul Zurcher-Zurcher Tire
Adrian Richie-North Adams Community Schools
Connie Richie-North Adams Community Schools
Jeannie Smith-North Adams Community Schools
Darlene Zeitvogel-United Way of Adams County
Brent Lehman-South Adams Community Schools
John Schultz-Decatur City Council
Fred Isch-Mayor of Decatur
Maureen Miller-Adams Memorial Hospital
Katie Myers-Leadership Academy
JoEllen Eidam-Adams Memorial Hospital
Cheri Scherry-Taylor University
Doug Bauman-Adams County Commissioner
Bill Borne-Adams County Auditor
Jeni Linge( not sure how to spell this last name)
Elsie Canales-North Adams School Board
Bob Adams-Berne Tri-Weekly
Cathy Mosley –Boys and Girls Club
Andy Barrett-Leadership Academy Director
Greg Kitson-Leadership Academy
Eric Mann-Decatur Daily Democrat
Wylie Sirk-Leadership Academy/Southeast Elementary Principal
Michael Secaur-Leadership Academy
Arlene Kuntzman – Bishop Dwenger High School