Belgrade school officials are considering partnerships with a pair of area non-profits to provide a one-stop facility to help students who don’t quite fit the mold, administrators said.
The district formed an alternative high school in the 2008-2009 school year to give lagging students a helping hand. It also served as a way to combat dropout rates at the high school, acting Principal Russ McDaniel said. By all accounts, the program, which serves about 30 to 40 kids, has been a success.
“The alt. school is doing well,” McDaniel said. “The numbers are good and kids are graduating. It’s really helping them to get the credits they need toward graduation.”
The school has been operating on the second floor of the Real Life Christian Center at the north end of Jackrabbit Lane, but the program may make a move, Superintendent Candy Lubansky said.
School officials are looking to team up with Career Transitions and R.E.A.D.I. Workforce Training System to rent a facility in the Bruce Industrial Park, Lubansky said. Nothing has been finalized, but both McDaniel and Lubansky said the partnerships would be a good move for students.
“They can offer a lot of things that we can’t as a high school and vice versa,” McDaniel said of the non-profits. “We’ve extended it to look at the whole child, but we’re talking now about whole family.”
Both non-profits help people with job training and employment skills. The goal of partnerships would be to create a place to serve students and families alike, Lubanksy said. Several non-profits in the area have discussed the idea of housing numerous service centers under one roof.
“It’s a bit of an idea like one-stop shopping, to provide services for the community,” she said.
Lubanksy said if the move pencils out, the Belgrade School Board will take up the idea in the future.