Forest Park plans industrial arts overhaul

CRYSTAL FALLS—While he won’t be teaching classes at Forest Park until next fall, plans are already well underway for new industrial arts teacher Kirk Guckenberg.
    The School Board, which hired him in December, was told at its Jan. 28 regular meeting that Guckenberg recently visited Forest Park to look over the industrial arts facilities and discuss curriculum and needed equipment.
    Board President Jim Nocerini, a former Forest Park industrial arts teacher himself, said they had “an excellent meeting. I thought this was one of the better meetings that we’ve had. He’s very enthusiastic.”
    Lisa Olson, high school principal, agreed. “He has great vision with realistic goals and expectations. The administration was very supportive.”
    During his visit, they discussed how he wants the drafting room set up and revisions in the wood shop. These include replacing the table saws with safe saws, which automatically stop if a hand gets too close.
    Nocerini indicated that sinking fund revenue will be used for new industrial arts equipment, and the priority list has been revised.
    Old equipment will be sold to the public, with the sale date and time to be announced, probably on a Saturday. A list of items being sold will also be made available.
    “The community is really excited about technical education,” Nocerini said. “We’re going to move into a little bit different direction.”

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