Education budgets throughout the United States continue to shrink and local school boards and administrators continue to look for ways to cut costs. Often these cuts come at the expense of programs deemed not a core subject like mathematics, pure sciences and social sciences and language and literature. Many states, in the face of increasing obesity rates among young people, have mandated physical activity classes, making it tougher for so-called non-essential programs to survive core requirements. Quinlan Independent School District has thriving fine arts programs in spite of mandates and budget shortfalls.
Fast Draw Media has reported on other aspects of the fine arts program at Ford High School. You can see that story here.
The House of Grace Church of Edgewood Food Ministry usually averages about 75 meals per month in feeding people in the community. This month, thanks to a city-sponsored event, about 55 more people were served this month and generated some needed funds to operate a food pantry.
If you need more information on the ministry or need assistance from the food pantry, please contact Cindy Rowe at (903) 873-8995 or (903) 288-1425.
Students in Quinlan have a unique opportunity that is often difficult to find in small rural districts. Ford High School has expanded its course offerings over the last couple of years to include programs for college and career readiness, even offering some programs with a track to a professional license in some careers.
“We wanted to be one of the first schools in the area to offer these types of programs,” said Kell Clopton, Ford High School principal.
In addition to these programs, the school also offers: automotive technology, audio video production, basic courses in medical science and sports medicine and law enforcement.