I am writing this letter to express my concern regarding a decision made by the Boyle County Middle School Site Based Council to meet staff reduction brought on by the decrease of student enrollment. The council has decided to eliminate the computer/technology class.
It is common knowledge that proficiency in basic computer skills is essential for all students preparing to enter college or in today's work force. Entry-level jobs require computer skills, and advanced computer skills are critical to qualify for any upper level positions. College students are expected to exhibit computer skill mastery. How will the needs of our children be met if computer/technology is not offered at the middle school level?
The current computer technology class at the middle school, which began last year, eliminated the need for a basic computer skills class at Boyle County High School. Giving that it is no longer a requirement at the high school level, that we live in a rural area and there are a number of students who do not have access to a home computer, our students could potentially go all the way through our school district without ever having basic computer understanding. Thus, BCMS would be minimizing the student's possibilities to be competitive in college or our work force.