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Middle level alternative learning will now include intervention

In order to provide more services to students who struggle with math and reading, the school board agreed Monday, May 20, to add interventionist duties to its alternative learning center (ALC) teaching position.

In addition to adding responsibilities to the position, the board terminated with nonrenewal of contract the current ALC teacher, Carl Borleis, a probationary teacher, effective at the end of the school year. The board had no comment or discussion on the termination at its meeting May 20.

There was discussion, however, on adding interventionist responsibilities to the position. Middle level principal Sue Sergent said that combining math and reading intervention to its ALC classes will get middle level students up to speed for high school.

“This position would allow us to do some work early, and we can get that done in fifth and sixth (grade) to get to the level they need to be at in high school,” Sergent told the board.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Approved a revised 2012-13 budget. Business manager Lea St. Onge stated in the budget memo, “Revising the budget in the spring of the fiscal year allows for a closer projection of actual to budgeted comparison of revenues and expenditures.”

• Accepted donations in excess of $15,000.

• Reallocated funds for a stationary computer lab to a mobile lab. High school principal Chip Rankin said that with the use of laptop carts, stationary labs are becoming less necessary. The board agreed to move funds for a stationary lab to a cart of Chromebooks for the science department. The stationary lab room will be converted into a classroom.

• Agreed to a 100 percent increase in the cost of Crow Wing County Collaborative Services. The cost for the year is now $8,735.60. Board members agreed that the benefits outweigh the rise in cost.

• Approved a resolution for membership in the Minnesota State High School League.

• Approved another year-long contract with CTC information technology services to the schools at a cost of $4,000 a month.