Partial agriculture, English jobs are added back at high school

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

When Benson High School’s Board of Education cut its agriculture teacher position as it worked to balance its budget this spring, it received criticism from the farming community.

It also got input from people who were upset that cutting the ag position could also mean the loss of The National FFA Organization program at BHS. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America.

At its meeting June 17, the board of education voted to add back a 0.1 ag teacher position at a cost of $7,000 with the position offered to teacher Nancy Loen. Thirty-two students have signed up for the class.

In order for students to join FFA they have to take an agriculture class, Secondary Principal Mike Knutson said. “The kids who are already in, can take the class if they want, those who want to get into FFA have to take the class,” he said.

Laumeyer said the school has a lot of courses that relate to agriculture, such as welding, financing, and robotics, but they don’t start with the word “ag.” The ag course is offered to students in grades 9 through 12.

It also voted to add back a college writing class for one semester, which is a 0.05 position at a cost of $3,500. It is a popular course for students who are on track for college, Laumeyer said, with English teacher Heidi Davis offered the position, Laumeyer said...


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