Cliff Park is a nationally accredited dropout recovery school in Springfield. The school demolished an abandoned home next door and began construction on an addition to the current building.
Oakmont Education manages Cliff Park High School and other charter schools across the state. Cliff Park is paying for the project without any extra tax dollars, Waechter said.
Cliff Park will focus on offering career training in construction and electrical fields and even a start into the nursing field.
“We looked at Department of Labor statistics that tell us in our local area what jobs are most needed,” he said. “We looked at what our students can do, and we matched them together. We don’t want to give someone training and there be nothing for them in Springfield.”
The school has partnered with Clark State for its State Tested Nurses Aid (STNA) program. In May, the school posted on its Facebook page asking the community and its students what they thought would be good programs to offer in the new wing of the school.
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Fields like construction, photography and nursing were mentioned.
The school currently serves 180 students right now, Waechter said.
“It’s a fair number, and there are always people in the community that we are trying to reach out to,” he said. “With this new building, we will be able to really reach out to more students and let them know that there are options for them. It may not have worked out at a traditional high school or a homeschool, but there are still options available for them.”
Springfield has a high need for a good dropout recovery school, he said. The school wants to be a positive force to advance students’ lives, Waechter said.
“Springfield has a very high drop-out rate,” he said. “We have a very meaningful purpose here at Cliff Park that we take very seriously as a staff here. We don’t want kids and students wandering the streets kind of hopeless. We want to help lift up the community, lift up the students and the people here.”