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SH internship gets high praises

SH internship gets high praises
SH internship gets high praises
Noah Junga, above, a student at South Central Junior-Senior High School, works as in intern at Fred Smith Store Fixtures as a participant in the South Harrison Community School Corp.’s six-week internship program this summer. There were eight interns who worked at Fred Smith Store Fixtures as well as John Jones Auto Group. Submitted photo
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Jeremy Ledford, a teacher with South Harrison Community School Corp. and in charge of the construction and manufacturing summer internship program, was pleased to inform the board of trustees at its meeting last Tuesday evening that the summer program was a huge success this year.

He told the board there were eight interns this year, as opposed to last year’s count of one intern due to the COVID-19 pandemic, who all worked at either John Jones Auto Group or Fred Smith Store Fixtures.

Ledford read to the board numerous comments from staff members from both companies which praised the work of the South Harrison students during their six-week internship.

“We heard everything from how students gained new confidence to acquiring new skill sets,” Ledford said. “I cannot thank the board enough for the support we constantly receive from you all and also thank the community organizations who are always willing to help support and teach our students.”

Dusty Rhodes, plant manager at Fred Smith, was in attendance at the meeting and was pleased to commend the students on their attitudes this year, stating that this was “the best group of interns we have ever had.”

Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of South Harrison schools, noted the first day of school, which was also last Tuesday, seemed to go off without a hitch as he detailed how he visited each school building in the corporation throughout the day.

“The one word that makes this year different than last is ‘smiles’,” Eastridge said. “It was such a positive atmosphere in the schools to walk around and see everyone’s smiling faces. It really makes a huge difference.”

Eastridge also said the South Harrison COVID dashboard that updates the community about pandemic numbers at the school corporation is back up and running for the school year and will be updated daily.

He also noted that in regard to mask protocol, the board will have to monitor how things go before making decisions. His hopes are that, if it is necessary, certain schools will be required to wear masks for a period of time if cases drastically increase, but they will not get back to the entire corporation masking up for the school year.

“I am in constant contact with the Harrison County Health Dept.,” Eastridge said. “We may even require masks for just a particular classroom if that is necessary, but my intent is to not have to mask the entire corporation for the school year. We will see where things go.”

The board of trustees’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at the corporation office in Corydon.