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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Troy Alternative Center for Learning has been in contract negotiations with Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WWCS) to extend the agreement already in place.
Oâ€™Connor said the center is an alternative and sometimes a last chance for many students, who are facing either expulsion or are simply not succeeding in a typical classroom environment.
â€śAs weâ€™ve looked at the data, weâ€™ve seen the program has been successful for us,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śThis placement is ideal for students in need of additional social considerations.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said the center provides a safe, supportive and structured environment for learning to take place while also maintaining a level of flexibility to maintain student needs on a specific basis.
The statistics show that a little over 50 percent of students who enter the program either earn enough credits to graduate, or show enough to move back into a traditional learning environment.
Currently, WCCS has 15 seats for use at Troy, and the extension looks to continue with that figure.
It will come at a cost of $31,980 to the district for the 2012-2013 school year.
The 15 seats can shift during the year, being used for both coming and going students.
Oâ€™Connor said the funding will come from the Education Job Fund, something that will not be in effect next year and must therefore be used by that time.