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RCW officials extend school year; transition activities also planned

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

RENVILLE -- Renville County West teachers and students will get a couple extra days at the end of the school year to prepare for their transition to a single campus.

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The School Board has approved a revision to the calendar to extend the school year three days to make up for snow days.

The district will extend school through June 2 for students and through June 4 for staff, Superintendent Lance Bagstad said.

The School Board voted last week to move elementary students from the current elementary school in Sacred Heart to the school building in Renville. The board has had a long-standing goal of having students in grades K-12 in one building.

"I would like to have some transition activities" in those final days, Bagstad said.

Bagstad said he envisions the days being used by the students and staff to prepare for the transition. Elementary students would be able to take informal tours of the Renville building, which already houses secondary students.

He also hopes to have activities planned for all students, possibly a field day "where kindergarteners through juniors are working with each other."

June 3 and 4 would be used by teachers to pack and prepare for the transition. The board voted to hire Willmar native Danielle Dahl as a full-time business instructor.

The district is expanding the business program in response to student demand, Bagstad said.

The savings from moving to a single campus allows the district to maintain its programs and to make adjustments based on student needs, he said.

The board also discussed renewing its $800-per-pupil operating levy next fall. The district will need to ask the voters to renew the levy, but the board wants to consider other options before settling on the wording on the ballot, Bagstad said.

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