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The Little Red School House 2015 Winner

The Little Red School House Award is presented to a school district that is selected for implementing the most significant, innovative and successful education program or project.

The Burke School District received a Governorís Grant for CTE in the amount of $604,000 for an innovative collaborative project bringing high quality CTE programs to Burke and three nearby school districts.  Supt. Erik Person wrote the grant, oversaw the bidding and construction process for the physical plants needed and facilitated the acquisition of equipment for the CTE programs.  The Burke School District Administrators administer the CTE consortium.

The West River CTE Consortium is an alliance between four school districts in the south central part of South Dakota with the purpose of delivering quality career and technical education (CTE) programs to member schools.  Programs are delivered in mobile units with classroom, equipment, and the teacher all coming to the schools.  Participating schools each have one mobile unit at their schools each year. The units rotate on an annual basis, allowing each school to offer every program to its students.  The four programs delivered in the mobile units are: residential construction, project lead the way (PLTW) engineering, PLTW biomedical, and welding manufacturing.  The four schools involved are: Burke, Colome, Gregory and South Central.  The collaborative effort maximizes resources because for essentially the same investment it takes to support a single program, each school has access to all four. 

In the first year there were 132 students enrolled in the programs.





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