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CCS approved for online high school

Crosslake Community School (CCS) received official approval June 3 from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to offer online high school courses this upcoming fall.

Students will now be able to complete their education through 12th grade in Crosslake. Previously, students transferred to Pequot Lakes High School or Pine River-Backus (PR-B) High School upon completion of eighth grade.

MDE found the school's application met all state requirements to "deliver comprehensive and supplemental programming."

Prior to student enrollment this fall, CCS must upload all information on its program and course offerings to ISEEK, "Minnesota's comprehensive career, education, and job resource," according to its website.

State reimbursement for the program is contingent upon the hiring of appropriately licensed staff. School director Todd Lyscio, who shared the news with the school board at its June 16 meeting, said this is in the works, along with renovations to the computer lab where much of the classwork for high school students will take place.

The board voted to cap enrollment for high school classes at 19 students, which is consistent with enrollment caps for other grade levels at the school.

The school is also required to assist families who qualify for tax credits applicable to acquiring computer hardware and educational software necessary for online learning.

CCS joins 29 other online K-12 education providers in the state. The online program is subject to a three-year review by MDE, which will occur Aug. 1, 2018.

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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