STARS, which stands for Southeast Technical Academy for Rural Students, is working toward their goal of opening for the 2022-2023 academic year.
“STARS is a dream that actually started seven or eight years ago,” explained USD 344 Superintendent Travis Laver.
“It was at that time we first started talking to FSCC (Fort Scott Community College), about how this would work and how we could get one in county,” he added.
The academy will be available to students from Pleasanton USD 344, Jayhawk USD 346, Prairie View USD 362 and Louisburg USD 416.
According to Laver, several students from other districts as well as students from Hume, Amoret and Amsterdam, Mo., have expressed an interest in attending.
“We did not have the funding option available for students that we do now,” stated Laver, who added that a new law will allow the state to cover tuition costs for Kansas students to attend the technical academy.
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