PSD gets fund­ing from Young Farm­ers grant

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Ed­i­tor By Kevin Myrick

State money for the Polk School District is com­ing soon to help with an adult agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram po­si­tion for the com­ing school year.

The state is pro­vid­ing Polk School District and an­other with a com­bined $ 150,000 they’ll have to split with Pataula Char­ter Acad­emy to cover most of the money needed to pay a per­son to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and more to youth and adults in­volved in agri­cul­ture.

Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy Katie Thomas said the state is pick­ing up the cost of 70 per­cent of the po­si­tion, while the district will have to match 30 per­cent of the to­tal. She said that it is al­ready be­ing ad­ver­tised and a new hire should be in place by the start of the next school year in Au­gust.

“The main pur­pose of this po­si­tion is for the per­son to be hired to work with farm­ers in the com­mu­nity or peo­ple that want to uti­lize agri­cul­ture ser­vices,” she said.

The po­si­tion will hold a hy­brid role in the district and com­mu­nity at-large. Thomas said the new hire will be able to teach two classes at the high school level, but they’ll be re­spon­si­ble “pri­mary fo­cus on com­mu­nity and Adult Ed­u­ca­tion in Polk County.”

Ad­di­tion­ally the fu­ture hire will be in charge of live­stock show teams, and help­ing youth in agri­cul­ture pro­grams along with work with adults.

They’ll soon have a brand new fa­cil­ity in the county to uti­lize in pro­vid­ing ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion as well.

“The school sys­tem’s forth­com­ing agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion build­ing will be a prime fa­cil­ity to be able to pro­vide these ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to the com­mu­nity for who­ever is se­lected to take on this po­si­tion,” she said.

Those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing can find more about it at

Funds were set aside in the state bud­get as part of a $ 10.1 mil­lion ad­just­ment ap­proved by law­mak­ers for a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing the Young Farm­ers grant that in­cludes Polk School District.

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