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Left to right: David Hadnot (Burkeville ISD Welding Instructor), Pam Dickerson (Burkeville ISD Business Manager), Crystal Day ( Burkeville ISD Curriculum Director), and Chris Coleman (Lamar Institute of Technology).

The Burkeville Independent School District has announced that they have received a $262,183.00 grant for the Burkeville High School welding program. The announcement came from Curriculum Director Crystal Day, and she says it comes via a “JET Grant”, which is the Jobs and Education for Texans program and also involves the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT).

Former Jasper ISD official Chris Coleman, who now works for LIT, recently spoke to the Burkeville ISD Board and told them that he had learned that the Burkeville welding instructor, David Hadnot, and the welding students had been doing the best they could with what they had.

Day says Burkeville High School will use the money for the following improvements:

~ Install new breaker boxes/electrical

~ Miller welding machines

~ Portable welding booths with ventilation

~ Plasma cutting table

~ Pipe cutting machine

~ Air compressor

~ Drill press

~ Grinders

~ Welding rods and grinding wheels

Burkeville ISD hopes to have the equipment purchased, installed, and ready to use by the spring of 2022.

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