A group of 25 brainstormed for close to three hours last Thursday on ideas to transition John de la Howe School into an agricultural education program.
The meeting took place on the John de la Howe campus and included local and state leaders, agricultural education instructors, public educators, Clemson Extension officials along with staff and trustees of the 220-year-old school. Input was shared as John de la Howe prepares to seek proposals for a feasibility study that would be submitted to the school’s trustees to determine what agricultural education programs could be offered on the 1,200 acre campus, plus what types of students could be served.
The JDLHS trustees will report the findings, including costs and a five-year-plan for the proposed transition, to the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee by Dec. 1.
Currently, John de la Howe serves children from across South Carolina with behavioral, academic and family challenges, providing them with a safe place to heal, grow and make lasting changes.