BLOSSBURG — North Penn-Liberty High School was awarded $25,000 toward a building to house the Ag Production Career and Technical Education program and FFA Chapter, Sam Rotella, superintendent of Southern Tioga School District, announced during the Jan. 13 school board work session.
The current area where the program is in is crowded. There’s a lot going on and there’s limited space to store larger farm items and equipment, like a tractor. This grant, which requires matching funds, was one of 55 Ag and Youth Grants awarded across the Commonwealth.
As one drives to Liberty High School, the ag production program area is on the backside of the building to the left. This is the area where the district plans to build.
“... that program probably speaks more to how I think education should work … it’s real life, it’s hands on,” Rotella said of the Ag Production CTE program.
Camryn Moyer, North Penn-Liberty High School student school board representatives reported several members of the FFA traveled to Harrisburg to take part in the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Moyer received her Keystone Degree, the highest degree awarded by the state. There are several requirements to earn the Keystone Degree, including working at least 300 hours or earned $1,000, demonstrating leadership, participating in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level and participating in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities.
At the mid-winter convention, first year members received their FFA jackets, including Lydia Sparks, Cadence Bonnet and Erica Woodward.
The district will begin to use Municibid, an online government auction. The district can post things for purchase on the site and anyone can bid on it, with the highest bidder winning. The district is also able to purchase items from the site.
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the district’s professional learning hub.