Drop-out Prevention/At-Risk authority raised

Friday, December 14, 2018

Alta-Aurelia School Board voted to raise its spending authority for drop-out prevention and at-risk programs offered to students. The spending authority is not cash, but its line is maxed out regularly for offerings, according to Supt. Lynn Evans.

“We were one of the few schools in the state with a 100 percent graduation rate thanks to programs funded by this allowance,” Evans said. The Board will be applying for $261,771 in spending authority from the state of Iowa. That requires a 25 percent local match for programming.

Monies are specifically used to pay for one full-time guidance counselor salary, after-school tutoring, homework assistance, targeted summer school programs, alternative school, credit recovery, support for academic interventions and behavioral intervention personnel and supplies.

In line with student success, four high school students have applied for early graduation this year. Two plan to attend college in the spring, and two plan to work.