Edon High School is pleased with the initial results of its new work-study program.

High School Principal Kayla Lapham reported during last week’s school board meeting that during the first semester, 11 students participated in the program, collectively working 3,307.5 hours and earning a combined $37,000.

“That’s pretty impressive,” Superintendent Anthony Steven told The Bryan Times this week in recapping the meeting. “We weren’t sure what to expect, obviously, in the middle of a pandemic.”

Stevens said the program is part of a larger regional and nationwide push to better prepare students for the workforce.

“For so long, schools in general did a good job at preparing students for college and there’s been a little bit of a renaissance in helping those who will enter the workforce.

“Typically about 50% of our students do go on to higher education but we want to prepare all students for their next step when they graduate.”

In other action during the meeting, the board reorganized for 2021, re-electing Cody Best to serve as board president and Jamie Schaffter as vice president.

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