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Plea Made To BOE To Salvage Agricultural Program

September 11th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Lee Heavner, the last full time agricultural science teacher in the Allegany County public school system, made an impassioned plea to the board of education last month asking that the board make an attempt to salvage the program rather than abolish it- however that isn’t going to happen. Heavner retired in 2011 after teaching the program for 35 years. When high schools in Allegany County opened their doors two weeks ago there was no agriculture science or Future Farmers of America club available to students for the first time in more than 80 years. David Cox, superintendent of schools, addressing the issue during Tuesday’s board meeting, said that the program suffered from falling enrollment and the economic challenges of keeping a qualified teacher for the program. He said there has been an attempt in recent years to generate some enthusiasm for the program, but those efforts ultimately proved unsuccessful…


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