Court high school headed to Charlevoix
Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss (July 9, 2013)
The break also means that Boyne City's alternative high school, which had been run concurrently with Great Lakes and which serves students in the district who have fallen behind academically, will be relocated to the upper level of the district's Early Childhood Education Center in downtown Boyne City.
The relocation of the court school means a drop in funding for the district, but an even larger drop in expense as the alternative high school program is absorbed into an existing building, according to superintendent Peter Moss.
At least one teacher will likely be laid off by the district, a bus route to Boyne Falls will be eliminated and it is unclear whether the program director's responsibilities will be maintained, said Moss. The total savings for the district could be as much as $25,000, he reported.
And, he says, the move will likely be positive for the students in the court program.
"They'll be closer to the court, the treatment centers are all there in Charlevoix, probation officers, therapists, and they will be able to cut down on transportation costs," he explained. "I think that's the direction they've decided to take."
The change is also an opportunity to rethink and improve the district's alternative high school program, he added.
"It's going to be a blended approach," said Moss. The students will be closer to Boyne City High School and will have the opportunity to take part in some vocational education and elective classes there, but will take all core classes online, with the help of the existing teachers. The program will be individualized to each student, made possible by the online instructional approach.
"It might serve as a model for what we can do and expand later down the line for all students," Moss said.
There is no danger in having the alternative high school located in the preschool building, he asserted.
"They are not bad kids, they're students who have lost a credit or two," he said. "Our hope is that we get these kids redirected and hopefully back in the mainstream."
While the relationship between the district and the court school was long and positive, the move isn't negative for either party, Moss explained. "We'll adjust, I think we can make things even better."
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