Kingman High among schools collecting new WAVE dollars

There are nearly 900 students who attend career and technical education classes at Kingman High, and as a result the Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District voted to dole out a $172,000 payment to the school.

The amount resembles payments made in previous years despite WAVE receiving less support from the state.

Annually, WAVE makes three payments to its partner schools - Kingman High, Lake Havasu High, Parker High, Mohave High and River Valley High. The December payments went to the schools' career and technical student organizations, but the payments voted on last week will go directly to the schools.

"This is about what we've been paying each year," said WAVE Superintendent Betsy Parker.

In addition to the Kingman High payment, Lake Havasu High will receive $165,600, Mohave High will receive $104,800, River Valley High will receive $44,000 and Parker High will receive $28,800. A total of $515,000 was approved for dispersal at $800 per student.

Every four students taking a CTE course at Kingman High equals one student's worth of funding from the state, Parker said. So KHS' payment of $172,000 is based on a membership of 215 students, which in reality is 860 students, Parker said.

There are probably even more students than reported because those taking multiple courses can only be counted once and freshmen receive zero funding, Parker added. That's why freshman-only Lee Williams High didn't receive any funding.

When the state decided in 2011 that it would no longer fund CTE programs for freshman students, WAVE's governing board voted to continue offering the programs, but there was a fear that funding would drop by at least 25 percent.

"We have not lost the full 25 percent," Parker said. "It's more like 17 or 18 percent."

The drop in funding wasn't as severe as expected for the simple fact that programs have continued to grow. At Kingman High, nearly every elective is a CTE course. The few that aren't include band, foreign languages and physical education.

The next payment is scheduled for May, and the board will need to decide whether that money goes directly to the school or to the career and technical student organizations.

In addition to the payment, WAVE approved three Kingman grant proposals.

The drafting program will receive $50,000 to purchase 2-D and 3-D prototype printers, a 3-D scanner and an updated computer lab. The purchases should enhance the program and help students move into a pre-engineering career path.

The school's woodworking/cabinetry program will receive $5,000 to purchase a Denray Downdraft sanding table with a self-contained vacuum system to eliminate dust.

Lastly, the school's culinary program will receive $5,000 to purchase updated equipment.