Agricultural education courses start next year
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Beginning in August 2019, Bartlesville will begin offering agricultural education courses at the middle schools and high school. The district’s 2020 Strategic Plan includes a community partnerships component, which led to a districtwide staff survey in the 2017-18 academic year for “Big Dreams” about programs and offerings the district might implement with community partners. Courtney Gagan, an English teacher at Madison Middle School who is the district’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, suggested a Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.
The district determined that almost all of the state’s districts with Class 6A schools offer agriculture education. District administrators Matt Hancock and Dr. Stephanie Curtis formed a committee to research state and area agriculture education programs and seek community partners to assist with implementation. Committee members toured programs in Owasso, Jenks, and Dewey.