Lt. Col. John Espinosa served around the world during his time with the U.S. Army. Now he will be inspiring students at Harding High School as its new Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor. Marion City Schools is launching a JROTC program as part of its commitment to Diploma Plus Acceptance, one of the district’s four pillars of educational reform. Diploma Plus Acceptance is an initiative dedicated to making sure students leave high school with not only a diploma but acceptance to a two- or four-year college, the military, an apprenticeship program or the workforce.
Her message to the district’s staff was to get to know people’s stories, both students’ stories and circumstances and those of their colleagues, and to never stop sharing their own. “Everyone has a story,” she said. “Listen to it before you judge.”
The Straight A Fund Governing Board recommended awarding a $623,605 Straight A Innovation Fund Grant to partners Rushmore Academy, Harding High School and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. The grant will cover costs of working with the Kent State University Research Center for Educational Technology to create an educational simulated workplace model.