Education Initiatives

Doing What is in Our Power Without Having Our Own School System

The goal is to reduce our poverty from 38% of households down to 20% (National Average is 13%) in 4 years. It's an ambitious goal but worth going for. By raising the level of disposable income of all families in College Park, Main Street has a chance to thrive.

There should be a College Park Education Board of 5 citizens that can provide non-binding recommendations to the mayor and council. The Education Board would take up issues and consider the needs of the K-12 public schools, including Tri-Cities High and any other school that is publicly zoned for the citizens who live within the city limits of College Park. It would also include input from Woodward Academy and the needs of adult education as well. There would be one advisory staff person from City Hall on the board but no elected officials.

The Main Street Academy garden

Skills classes should be provided to adult residents of College Park at the auditorium or other public buildings so that those living below the poverty line have opportunities to find jobs above a "living" minimum wage (>$13 per hour). Teachers would be hired just like any other position at City Hall.

College Park could offer courses, for example, for residents who need math skills, writing skills, Microsoft Excel skills, and other technical skills in order to provide opportunities for higher paying jobs. The program would be actively advertised and encouraged.
Solar technicians installing solar panels. College Park could offer courses, for example, to residents who would like to prepare for the exam for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Photo courtesy of Creative Solar USA.