Alternative school comes closer to reality |

Alternative school comes closer to reality

Danie Harrelson

— The Hayden and South Routt school districts moved one step closer to determining the need for a joint alternative school.

The two districts heard earlier this week that they received almost $20,000 to further address the possibility of providing something different for students who do not fit in with a traditional classroom setting.

The $19,925 Sliver/Set Aside grant will allow the districts to hire a consultant to see if Hayden and South Routt should even proceed with plans to establish an alternative school.

Hayden Superintendent Scott Mader said that while a rough draft of a survey to determine student interest in attending an alternative school was complete, it would not be administered until a consultant was first hired.

The survey outlines the significant differences between an alternative school and Hayden and Soroco high schools, such as alternative students’ opportunity to participate and take responsibility for much of their own curriculum, instruction, learning and governance of the school.

Students in grades seven through 11 who indicate a strong interest on the survey in attending the alternative school will be specifically contacted for follow-up.

Mader stressed the purpose of an alternative school was not to redirect students from Hayden and South Routt school districts to a more nontraditional setting.

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