B. J. SKELTON CAREER CENTER
The School District of Pickens County is providing a copy of Back 2 School 2008: A Handbook for Students &
Parents in the School District of Pickens County. Please refer to the district handbook for additional information
concerning the policies and practices of the School District of Pickens County.
B. J. SKELTON MISSION We will develop and implement a program to
STATEMENT promote collaborative integration of careers,
technologies and academics.
B. J. Skelton Career Center, a leader in
career and technological education, will EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS
prepare students to reach their maximum
potential by providing a quality education
1. Students assigned to the career center are
emphasizing high achievement in a caring
considered to be and are treated like
and safe environment.
young adults and are expected to exhibit
GOALS the behavior of ladies and gentlemen.
2. Disregard or violation of the center's
100% of our students will be prepared for a procedures, rules, and regulations will
career and / or post-secondary education. result in disciplinary action.
3. Any behavior that endangers the student
100% of our students will achieve district- or surrounding personnel will not be
established standards for career and tolerated. Scuffling or horseplay in the
technology education. shops, classrooms, or hall will result in
STRATEGIES 4. Each student assigned to the career center
We will ensure a safe, caring well-maintained is expected and will participate fully
environment. every day in his/her assigned course.
Any student who willfully does not
We will develop and implement a student participate in course activities or does not
centered instructional program to ensure high follow directions of his or her instructor
academic and technological achievement to will be disciplined.
prepare students for careers and / or post- 5. Students are expected to pay any debts
secondary education. owed to the career center for materials
consumed or damaged or for debts owed
We will develop a public relations program the center's various clubs.
to improve and strengthen the perception of 6. The following types of behavior are not
career and technology education and expand considered appropriate for the training of
business and community support. future crafts persons and will be dealt
with as the director deems appropriate:
a. Refusal to work in assigned area and / center will not count the student absent from
or on assigned project. class/school in such cases. It will be the
b. Littering the shop area, classroom, or student's responsibility to make sure that
grounds. someone in administration from the high
c. Loitering in the restroom and/or school contacts the career center so that he/
hallways. she can be counted present.
d. Intentionally damaging center
property and/or equipment. TOBACCO PRODUCTS
e. Wasting supplies and /or material.
f. Abusing break period privileges. The Pickens County School District Board
g. Failure to report directly to assigned Policy JCDAA-R prohibits the use or
classes upon arrival to the center. possession of tobacco products by all
h. Cheating in any form. students. Violation of this policy will result
i. Cutting class or shop periods. in the following disciplinary action:
j. Leaving the center grounds or off 1st offense----- Saturday School
campus projects before regular 2nd offense-----Out of school
dismissal time without the permission suspension for 2 days
of the director. 3 offense------Out of school
k. Unauthorized use of the center's suspension for 4 days
telephones, charging long distance 4 offense------Out of school
calls to the center's account, using the suspension for 5 days
center's telephone for extended and and discipline contract
/or personal calls. 5th offense------Recommendation for
l. Any other violation cited in this expulsion
handbook or any other behavior
deemed not in the best interest of the STUDENT BREAKS
center or its students. Student breaks are at the discretion of the
m. Parking lots are off limits during instructor. Soft drinks and snacks will be
school hours unless specific made available to each classroom/ shop once
permission is granted to the student. in the morning and once in the afternoon.
Time will be allowed to consume the
DETENTION TIME refreshments purchased, such time not to
All students who must report for detention exceed ten (10) minutes. The instructor may
time will have 24 hours to make permit a student to leave the classroom /shop
arrangements for transportation. Failure to to visit the restroom, water fountain, or to use
report will result in referral to the assistant the telephone. This permission to leave the
director for additional disciplinary action. classroom / shop should normally occur
during regular break periods. The privilege
SCHOOL - SPONSORED to have a break and / or leave the
ACTIVITIES classroom / shop may be denied by the
instructor when in his /her judgment such
With approval from the home school privilege is not deserved or is being
administration, students may be absent for a abused.
portion of the school day or the entire day for
school-sponsored activities such as field trips,
academic competitions, athletic events or
other extracurricular activities. The career
TARDINESS 1. 1st tardy---------Recorded
1. Students arriving at the career center 2. 2nd tardy-------Verbal warning
after 8:30 a.m. for the morning 3. 3rd tardy----Written warning/letter
classes or after 12:10 p.m. for the to parents
afternoon classes are considered 4. 4th and additional tardies--Disciplinary
tardy. action taken may include loss of
2. Students arriving tardy at the career driving/riding privileges, Saturday
center will sign in on the sign-in sheet school, ISS, or other action as deemed
in the main office and obtain an appropriate.
admittance slip from the secretary
before going to their classroom or EARLY DISMISSALS OR
shop. LEAVING SCHOOL
3. Tardies include but are not limited to: 1. A student may leave the career center prior to
a. Student's own failure to properly regular dismissal time because of personal
prepare to come to school. illness, death in immediate family, religious
b. Missing the bus from the home observances, medical or dental appointments,
and / or in the performance of school duties.
high school to the career center
2. In the case of illness, the parent / guardian
unless the student presents a note will be notified and asked to come and get the
from the home high school stating student. In cases where the student drives his
that the student missed the bus / her automobile and the parent cannot be
through no fault of his/her own. contacted, the student, except in case of
c. Going to get driver's license, emergency, will be placed in the office and
running personal errands, or subsequently sent back to his / her home high
similar circumstances. school or home at the end of his / her career
d. For those students having center class.
permission to drive a private 3. Students having a written statement, from a
automobile or having permission parent / guardian, requesting an early
to ride in a private automobile, dismissal will present the statement to the
instructor or the center's secretary and then
tardiness caused by a malfunction sign out on the form provided in the main
of the automobile such as a flat office. At the time of sign out, morning
tire, out of gasoline, etc. students will receive a sign out slip from the
4. Consequences of tardiness: secretary stating the time and the reason for
a. Students who miss classroom signing out. This slip will be presented to the
instruction due to tardiness will home high school when the student returns.
be responsible for making up The written statement from the parent /
missed work. guardian must be dated, must give the
b. Any student tardy who student's full name, must state the time the
consequently misses his / her student is to sign out, must give a specific
class's transportation to a live reason for the student signing out, must
contain a telephone number where a parent /
project work site will be charged guardian may be contacted, and must be
with an unlawful absence. signed by the parent / guardian.
c. Any student tardy to the career 4. Students who are 18 years of age and still
center during the school year will living with a parent or guardian may NOT
receive the following sign themselves out unless emancipation
consequences per semester: papers are on file.
5. Students with excessive early sign-outs may
lose driving privileges.
1st sign-out--------------recorded 1. Student Permit for Parking - This is a
2nd sign-out----------verbal warning situation in which the student has followed
3rd sign-out------written warning/letter to the procedure for obtaining a permit. In
parents order to obtain a permit, the student must
4th & additional sign-outs----loss of driving come to the Career Center to pick up an
application. If permission has been granted
for driving, the parent or guardian, the
student, and the director or his designee will
1. Bus transportation from the home high
sign an agreement on the terms pertaining to
school to the career center and return is
the driving of a private vehicle to the career
provided by and is the responsibility of
center and the driving permit will be issued
the home high school.
after the payment of ten dollars ($10). The
2. The parent/ guardian will be responsible
decal will be displayed on the inside of the
for transportation for any student who is
vehicle on the rear view mirror.
prohibited from riding the bus to and
from the career center. Students absent
a. Students who accumulate excessive
because they are prohibited from riding
tardies during each semester will have
the bus to the career center will be given
their permit suspended and will be
an unlawful absence for the day (s)
required to use bus transportation during
the time of suspension.
3. Upon arrival at the career center, students
b. School year driver permits are for the
will go directly to their assigned
driver only and passengers are allowed
classroom or shop.
to be transported to and from the career
4. Upon dismissal from the career center,
center only with the parent or guardian
students will go directly to their assigned
specifically requesting in writing that the
buses. All buses will load between
student be allowed to transport
building one and building two.
passengers. The passenger must be
5. Students returning to their home high
identified by name and the passenger's
school, particularly after third period, will
parents or guardian must submit a
remain in the area designated by the
statement in writing to the director or his
home high school until the next regularly
designee that their son or daughter has
scheduled classroom change.
permission to ride to and from the career
center with a particular driver.
TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN
c. The speed limit for private vehicles is
five (5) miles per hour while on the
Driving to the Career Center is considered a
career center grounds.
student privilege and not a student right;
d. Students driving private vehicles to the
therefore, students and parents will be
career center will park their vehicles in
expected to comply with all rules and
designated parking areas for students.
regulations concerning driving. All liability
e. A student, who receives any citation
for accidents or problems incurred while
from the State Highway Department as a
driving or riding in a privately owned vehicle
result of unsafe driving, will be subject
will be assumed by the parent and student
to having his/her driving privilege
(The School District of Pickens County
assumes no liability for students while
driving or riding to and from the career
f. Students who transport unauthorized a. All students who ride in privately owned
riders to and from the career center will vehicles will be expected to be on time to
be subject to suspension or revocation of their classes. Students who accumulate
driving privileges. excessive tardies in a semester will have their
g. When driving or riding privileges are rider's permit suspended and will be required
suspended, students are required to use to ride the bus during time of suspension.
bus transportation to and from the career
center. PURSUANT TO STATE LAW (ACT 373)
h. If the student fails to attend classes at the Persons entering school property are deemed
career center or high school, driving to have consented to a search of their person
privileges will be suspended or revoked. and property.
i. Students must pass every course at the
high school and career center. USE OF TELEPHONE
j. Failure to follow any of the above rules 1. No telephone in the career center's
will result in the suspension or revocation buildings will be used by students for
of driving privileges. personal use.
Should an emergency exist, the student may
2. One Day Permit - The purpose of this ask his / her instructor, the center's secretary,
permit is to allow those students who guidance counselor, or director to place a call
normally ride the bus an opportunity to drive for the student. Long distance calls made for
when there is a need to transport items that students on career center telephones will be
cannot be transported on the bus, arrive late collect calls.
or leave early due to a doctor or dentist
appointment, or stay late to make up work. 2. The use of cell phones and/or pagers
This permit should be obtained in are not allowed during school hours.
advance. For additional information please refer
to the Back to School Handbook.
Students may obtain a permit to ride with PROPER ATTIRE
another student provided the student has a 1. Select clothes that are neither too loose
driver's permit for driving a private vehicle. nor too tight. Loose fitting clothing can
All liability for accidents or problems become entangled in machinery and
incurred while riding in a privately owned result in serious injury. Clothing that is
vehicle will be assumed by the parent or too tight can restrict proper full range
student (The School District of Pickens movement and hamper a person taking
County assumes no liability for students necessary action in normal work and
while driving or riding to and from the particularly in emergencies. For
Career Center). Students wishing to ride additional information and guidelines,
with another student must obtain a Rider's please refer to your Back 2 School 2007
Permit. The parent/guardian of the driver 2. handbook or School District of
must agree for a rider to be transported. The Pickens County Board Policy AR
permit will be issued upon receiving a JCDB-R.
request form signed by the rider's
parent/guardian. All students who do not I. D. BADGES
have a driver's permit will be charged a All students are to wear the I.D. badges
$5.00 fee for a Rider's Permit. issued by their home high schools. I.D. badge
violations will be referred to the home high
school for disciplinary action. In every ATTENDANCE APPEALS
situation, teachers will issue you a temporary Attendance appeals for the career center
badge. This badge is good for one day only. must be done at the career center, not at
the home school. The classroom teacher
STUDENT SERVICES has the primary responsibility for
recording attendance accurately and
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING monitoring make-up work.
1. The career center has a full-time school
counselor available to the students, faculty, FIELD TRIPS
and parents. 1. A great number of field trips are made by
2. Students may talk with the counselor by some classes at the center. No student will
obtaining permission from their instructor to be allowed to go on a field trip unless a
visit the guidance office. Although the properly filled out parent/guardian signed
student is not required to tell the instructor form for field trips is on file for the
what he or she wants to talk to the counselor individual student.
about, it is usually most helpful if the 2. Field trips are a privilege and not a right.
instructor is aware of the student's purpose A student may be refused permission to
in visiting the guidance office--example: make a field trip if his/her instructor or the
personal problem, schedule problem, director is of the opinion that the student's
attendance, etc. behavior indicates to him/her that the
3. Should the school counselor be unable to student cannot be relied upon to conduct
see a student when he or she comes to himself or herself in the proper manner
his/her office, the counselor will give the when away from the center.
student a definite time and date to return. 3. A student will be denied permission to
STUDENT PLACEMENT attend a field trip when improperly dressed.
The career center works to assist students in
securing outside employment and to advise LOST AND FOUND
students and faculty on the job outlook. Lost and found items will be reported or
turned into the main office.
After school starts in the fall, a limited INSURANCE
number of assignments can be changed, if it Because of the nature of the subject matter
is in the best interest of the student, space is taught at the career center, the possibility of
available, and the course losing the student accident is always present. Each student
does not suffer because of low enrollment. enrolled must have one of the following:
Except for unusual cases, no change in 1. School insurance -- school day
assignment will be made after the first five coverage or 24 hour coverage
(5) days of school. 2. An insurance form signed by the
parent(s) or guardian(s) and
properly witnessed by an adult
RESTRICTIVE ASSIGNMENTS indicating that insurance is provided
Only 11th grade students will be assigned to by the parent(s) or guardian (s).
the first year of Cosmetology.
SAFETY AFFIRMATION OF COMPLIANCE
1. The observation and obeying of all Safety WITH TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION
Regulations and Procedures is an ever AMENDMENTS OF 1972
present requirement for all students, visitors, The B. J. Skelton Career Center does not
faculty, and staff at this center. discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed,
2. Because of the very nature of the courses or national origin in any educational
taught here there is the ever- present danger program or activity.
of students hurting themselves or someone
else through carelessness, lack of STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
knowledge, or lack of concern for others. All students are offered the opportunity to
3. The procedures, rules, and regulations at become involved in student organizations
the center have been instituted to assure which offer opportunities for local, district,
maximum practical safety for all individuals. state, and national competitions. The
4. This includes but is not limited to: following are organizations students may
a. Strict following of instructor's directions participate in:
b. Being at the appointed place and time. SkillsUSA--- Although membership is open
c. The wearing of eye protectors. to all students not served by other clubs,
d. Proper clothing. paid membership is open to juniors and
e. Automobile driving and parking rules. seniors who want a chance to enter
f. Shop clean up. competitions or run for a state office.
All are designed to achieve maximum HOSA - Health Occupations Students of
safety. America. Membership is open to Health
Science Technology students and students in
CERTIFICATES other health related courses.
All completers will receive a competency FFA - Future Farmers of America.
profile indicating areas of proficiency. Membership is open to all students served in
These will be issued by your instructor at the the various programs associated with the
end of your senior year. Since we do not Agriculture Technology and Horticulture
keep copies of your profile, it is programs.
recommended that you put your profile in a
safe place for future reference. NTHS – National Technical Honor Society.
Membership based on academic
TERMINATION OF A PROGRAM achievement and open to 11th and 12th grade.
The programs offered at the career center
are determined by two factors: COURSE OFFERINGS
a. Demand of business and industry TWO (2) YEAR PROGRAMS
b. Student enrollment Computer Service Technology Electricity
A decline in either of these factors could Automotive Technology Masonry
result in a program being terminated. Cosmetology Culinary Arts
Whenever a program is terminated, Machine Technology Carpentry
assistance and counseling will be provided Mechanical Design
for students affected by this decision. Mechatronics Integrated Technologies
Health Science Technology
Law Enforcement Services
Horticulture for the Workplace
Agricultural Science & Technology for the
B. J. Skelton Career Center Faculty/Staff
THREE YEAR PROGRAM Mr. Leonard Williams, Director
Mr. Ronald Wearing, Asst. Director
Project Lead the Way is a pre-engineering
Dr. Pernice Adams, Guidance/Curriculum
program. The sequence of courses offered in Mr. Danny Fahey, School-to-Work
this program are: Mrs. Christie Martin, Transition Facilitator
Introduction to Engineering Design & Digital Mrs. Brenda Sheriff, Secretary/Bookkeeper
Electronics – offered in 10th Grade Mr. Brian Aiken, Machine Technology
Mr. Jesse Cannon, Welding Technology
Mr. Jim Garrison, Carpentry
Principles of Engineering & Computer
, Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Integrated Manufacturing Systems – offered in Mr. Tim Hiott, Graphic Communication
11th grade Mr. Hank Hutto, Mechatronics Integrated
Engineering Design and Development – offered Mrs. Kelly Holder, Culinary Arts
in the 12th grade Mr. David Jensen, Horticulture
Mr. Steve McCannon, Agricultural Science &
INTRODUCTORY COURSES Technology for the Workplace
(Semester Courses) Mr. Greg Newton, Law Enforcement Services
Mrs. Abbie Piotrowsky, Small Animal / Wildlife
Farm Animal Production Mrs. Stacy Simmons, Cosmetology
Environmental & Natural Resources Management Mr. Phillip Smith, Automotive Technology
Introduction to Graphic Communication Mr. Jeffrey Stephens, Masonry
Introduction to Culinary Arts Mr. Brian Stewart, Electricity
Computer-Aided Design Mr. Iain Stewart, Computer Service Technology
Masonry Mr. Steen Stovall, Mechanical Design
Electricity Mrs. Joyce Stover, Health Science Technology
Carpentry Mrs. Mary Goodale, SKILL 1
Automotive Fundamentals Mrs. Deborah Shaw, SKILL 2
Machine Technology Mr. Robert Boyer, SKILL 3
Welding Mrs. Elizabeth Grumbles, SKILL 4
Mechatronics Mrs. Nancy Bahs, STEP
Sports Medicine Mr. George McLeer, STEP
Introduction to Health Science Ms. Teresa Thompson, STEP
Mrs. Dee Dyches, SKILL Assistant
Mrs. Glenda Fowler, SKILL Assistant
DAILY SCHEDULE Mrs. Kathy Mills, SKILL Assistant
7:30 a.m. ……………Teachers Sign -in Mrs. Joy Whitaker, SKILL Assistant
7:30-8:20 ……Instructional Preparation Ms. Kayla McCollum, STEP Assistant
8:20-8:30 ………Hall and Ground Duty Mrs. Karen Johnson, STEP Assistant
8:30 ……………………..Classes Begin Mrs. Kay Segers, STEP Assistant
11:10 …………………Classes Dismiss Our Custodial Engineers
11:20 ……………………………Lunch Mrs. Louise Watson
12:00 …………..Hall and Ground Duty Mr. Gene Ragsdale
12:10 ……………………Classes Begin Mr. Leroy Adams
2:50 …………………Classes Dismiss
3:00 ………………Teachers Sign-out