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When this reporter received a call from Central School Principal Sam Stalnaker recently regarding the Response to Intervention program, it was evident that there is a strong focus on all exceptional needs.
When he called again a few days later to introduce school staff he had assigned to work with the paper to ensure good communications with the community, it was evident that accountability and accessibility were also priorities.
In fact, on September 4, Stalnaker drafted an information paper titled Creating a Positive Partnership: Madison County/Madison County Central School that he sent home to parents explaining the core missions of the Central School.
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The intent at this time, according to Sam Stalnaker, with the Madison County School District, is to be in Madison for one-and-a-half to two hours for a question and answer period.
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Sam Stalnaker, former principal of Madison County Central School, addressed the School Board at their final meeting for the year, Dec. 20.
Florida's high schools are not graduating enough STEM-capable students to fill the growing demand of 21st century jobs in four different career groups, Stalnaker
told the board members.
The four major career groups that will be looking for future workers are computer technology, mathematical sciences, engineering/surveying and the natural/physical/life sciences.
According to the 2010 Florida Council
of 100 Report, "Closing the Gap," by the time current high school STEM students graduate from college, 9 out 10 new jobs may be in STEM areas.
The Florida K-12 STEM Ed Report Card 2011 estimates that the state will need to fill approximately 411,000 new STEM-related jobs by 2018.
Part of Stalnaker's
mission as Coordinator for the North Florida Career Pathways Consortium
is to encourage more students to go into STEM studies in preparation for future employment in one of the four growing career groups.
Careers in some of these groups can command as much as $74,000.
"That may turn some heads," said Stalnaker
Another gap is the CTE (Career Technical Education) gap, or what used to be known as "vo-tech."
described CTE as "teaching a skill set for something the student can become certified in and be qualified enough to apply for a job," using as an example, the job of certified nursing assistant - a student completing the CTE curriculum for certified nursing assistant would be able to sit for the exam and pass, becoming eligible for employment in that area.
"Not all our students want to go to college," he
"But all our students need a job."
There are 16 "career opportunity clusters" in the CTE group, offering certifications in a variety of industries.
highlighted several of the clusters that offered opportunities right here in Madison, including: agriculture, food and natural sciences; arts, A/V technology and communications; education and training; health science; information technology; and law, public safety, corrections and security.
Stalnaker is working on getting some grant money and getting advocacy groups and schools to support the Consortium's goals to reach families and students, closing the STEM/CTE gap, as they prepare students to thrive in a future that is closer than they may think.
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Bill Washington said his brother Sam was at the store when the fire occurred.
had it out before the fire trucks got here," Bill Washington said.
."But many have gone before me.I thoroughly enjoy what I do.It means a lot to me."Stalnaker
will be returned to active duty on October 8, and depart shortly thereafter on a journey that will end in Afghanistan.He
will leave behind a wife and two children and an entire school filled with more children that are concerned about him."Some of the kids are worried," Stalnaker
plans to speak to them Thursday, September 21, to alleviate some of their concerns and to thank the school, the children, the community and the staff for all of the support he
family received when they heard he
was being deployed.Stalnaker has been in the Army Reserve for 24 years.
This is his
first deployment since the war in Iraq began.Stalnaker is the commander of the 160th Military Police Bat- Please see Stalnaker, Page 4A talion.He
has approximately 170 men and women in his
wasn't able to tell this reporter where in Afghanistan he
will be stationed.He
wasn't able to say exactly what his
duties will be.The mission of the 160th Military Police Battalion, according to globalsecurity.org, "is to provide command, staff planning, administration and logistical support for the operation of internment and resettlement facilities."The 160th Military Police Battalion has several Florida-based units.In June of 2002, the battalion was activated for duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan but eventually ended up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in charge of running Camp Delta and adjoining Camp America.This is only Stalnaker's first year as principal of MCCS
."This is my first year as head dog," Stalnaker
has been teaching for 20 years as of January.He
likes teaching at the middle school level best, though he
has taught K through eighth graders math and phys-ed.Stalnaker was an assistant principal at MCCS for three years before he became the principal.Stalnaker
and Madison County School Superintendent Lou Miller are working on a plan to keep things running smoothly while he
position will be waiting for him when he
returns.As the time draws closer for Stalnaker
to leave, he
is having to depend on his
faith in God to strengthen him.He
trusts the Lord to back him up in all his
endeavors."The Lord says fear not, for I am with thee," Stalnaker
said."God tells me I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."Stalnaker
has a lot of praise for the community and the support he
said concerned citizens are asking about his
family and telling him if they need any help while he
is gone, to call."I am asking all of Madison not only to remember me and my family, but the other 150 or so soldiers for which I am responsible," Stalnaker