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Board Chairwoman Judy Raske reported that contract negotiations with certified staff are at a stalemate. This year the state eliminated fines for school districts that didn't meet a January deadline for contract settlements.

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Raske said the absence of costly deadlines could mean settlements will take longer, but she said a resolution will be reached in the district.

About 90 percent of the master agreement with ACGC staff has been settled. "The holdup is dollars," said Raske.

The board discussed the current open enrollment figures, which shows ACGC with a net loss of 87 students.

Statute allows all Minnesota's public school students the opportunity to apply to attend school outside of the school district where they live. State funding follows the student and does not remain in the home district.

This year 182 ACGC students are attending other districts via open enrollment -- 72 go to Litchfield, 32 to New London-Spicer and 31 to Willmar -- and 95 students from other districts are attending ACGC. The biggest draw comes from Litchfield with 24 Litchfield students attending ACGC.

Broderius said most of the time, "convenience" is listed as the reason for students to attend other districts, including where parents work. She said in some cases where a high school boyfriend or girlfriend attends is listed as the reason for switching schools.

She said academics and test scores are not stated reasons for using open enrollment to attend a different school.

Transporting students from one district to another not only affects enrollment but also transportation costs. "There are buses crossing all over," said Broderius.

The board was also informed that D & D Ventures of Grove City donated $5,000 for educational programs that will be used to help launch a new video programming and robotics classes in ACGC.

-- Carolyn Lange

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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