State representative and state senator visit Vienna High School

VIENNA, Ill. (KBSI) – Special visitors came to Vienna High School Monday.

State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R) and State Senator Dale Fowler (R) got to experience being principal for a day as well as travel on the school bus and listen to the students and staff on their educational process.

“First, Senator Fowler and I rode in a bus from new Simpson Hill which was a great opportunity, been a few years since I have ridden a bus. It was good to have that experience,” said Rep. Windhorst. “Then we came in and met with the administration, and we took a tour of the building. Got to see the different programs that exist or are available here. And then we talked with a lot of the faculty and staff about some of the issues they have with education that we may be able to address as legislators.”

Vienna High School is unique in getting their students on the path set for a career with programs that allow for the students to graduate with their associates degree their senior year.

“They have such an amazing career path in front of them,” said Sen. Fowler. “So much opportunity.”

The high school offers courses such as construction, agriculture, social work, and even aviation.

Principal John Griffin stresses the importance the role takes for both students and staff working together for their education.

“It’s a group effort to educate students here, and it takes everybody and building those relationships with students and that’s just huge,” said Griffin. “And it’s just one of those things that I see, that I want them to see when they come here, how everyone works together.”

Superintendent Joshua Stafford gave the tour of the high school and expressed his thanks to the legislators.

“For us to be able to interact with our representatives, and for them to be able to take that message back to Springfield, things that are going well, and things that we’re concerned about is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of our communities,” Stafford said. “So we’re thankful for that.”

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