Tue, Apr 29, 2003
Enrollment Declines, Costs Plateau
A 23-year-old tradition at Mundelein (IL) High
School will end, as kids get their diplomas next month: the
aircraft-building class, which has been responsible for completing
and flying an Acro Sport, a Kitfox on floats, a Montana Coyote, and
Lancair ES, will cease, and the teacher, Corey Owen, will find
something else to do.
With only 13 students in the class this year, and a class budget
of $75,000, the powers that be had a tough decision to make.
Jim Jackson, the founder of the program, now
retired, told the AP, "Of course, I'm deeply saddened by this.
Public education is in trouble financially."
The MHS program was seen nationwide as "the model," to teach
aircraft-building fundamentals, to instill understanding, and to
fulfill the aviation dreams of high-schoolers. Now, they'll have to
dream a different way.
Over 1000 students had participated in completing those four
airplanes, over the years. Over 300 of them entered
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