Madison County assistant superintendent Dr. Sherrie Gibney-Sherman told county school board members June 11 that school system representatives visited the Caterpillar plant in Sanford, N.C., to see a model for the internship that the new Athens CAT plant wants to replicate here, utilizing the new college and career academy.
“That is huge for us that CAT wants to replicate that here,” she told the board.
Caterpillar has built an Athens-Oconee plant to construct small track-type tractors. Once the plant is fully operational, it will employ an estimated 1,400 people. Madison County school officials aim to provide students with the skills needed to work at the plant.
In other matters, Gibney-Sherman reported that 45 students are attending math credit recovery classes during summer school on the high school campus. The classes are funded through the new Bowman Mountain Education Charter High School (MEC). She said MEC will open for transfer students on Aug. 12.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight reported that asbestos in the CTAE wing is being removed in preparation for the college and career academy renovations. She said this removal should be finished no later than Monday, June 17. She explained that asbestos is found in most buildings dating earlier than 1976.