Logistics course coming to middle school in ‘15

(Posted Dec. 12, 2014)

By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer

Jefferson Local Schools seventh- and eighth-graders are getting a head start on potential careers thanks to an agreement between the district and Tolles Career and Technical Center.

On Dec. 8, school board members approved a memorandum of understanding with the center to provide logistics instruction at the middle school next year.

“We have a great opportunity to begin offering a class in logistics,” reported middle school Principal Deb Omen, calling the decision a great opportunity at no cost to the district. “We found a way to work it into our curriculum.”

Board member Jerry Doran called logistics a challenging field of employment.

“My last 13 years in the working world has been spent in logistics,” Doran said. “I think students will learn a lot. It’s an interesting thing for kids to learn about.”

Omen said central Ohio, including logistics centers in the local area and at Rickenbacker, has a growing reputation as a distribution hub and students need more opportunities to be prepared for future job opportunities.

Careers in logistics cover a wide spectrum in managing the flow of goods—including the tangible, such as clothing, food and equipment, to information and energy—from point of origin to end user.

The agreement between Jefferson Local and the career and technical center is also in response to an upcoming unfunded state mandate requiring career and technical instruction for seventh graders.

“This offering will bring a staff member (to the middle school) from Tolles,” Omen said.

In other discussion, Jefferson Local curriculum coordinator Joan Scofield reported on an opt-out program for increased math credit requirements due to the new Common Core standards that could impact a handful of students.

The program is for struggling students who entered ninth grade on or after July 1, 2010, and before July 1, 2014, have attended high school for two years and are members of a graduating class between 2014 and 2017.

“We have some students right now that are barely surviving Algebra II, much less (taking a course like) statistics,” said Scofield. “There will be control within the school. They can’t just say I want to opt out.”

Families that feel their son or daughter, caught between changing state standards, is not prepared to achieve the new requirements can request to have their child opt out in order to graduate, as long as the student meets other requirements.

“Right now, I think we have one or maybe two (students) that would benefit from this,” added high school Principal Dave Metz. “It won’t be that many, but it could save one or two from not graduating.”

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