The Grand Rapids Area Learning Center provides alternative educational programming for students that are at risk of not graduating from high school. Services are provided to students from several school districts including Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Remer, Deer River, Hill City, and Bigfork. In addition to our Independent Study Program, we offer Night School, Summer School, and provide educational services for the Teen Age Pregnancy Program (TAPP).
Despite the challenges to learning in the pandemic, ISD 318 students still made gains in their academic assessments. “While the MCAs are just a snapshot of our students’ learning, we’re excited that our students scored among the top in the region,” said Superintendent Matt Grose. “The MCAs are what we use to measure how well our students understand the Department of Education’s Academic Standards.”
At the ISD 318 School Board meeting on Monday, August 16, Business Manager Kara Lundin provided an update on funds the district has received for pandemic relief. “To-date the district has been awarded $11 million in COVID relief funds, however, much of that comes with different requirements and allowable spend dates,” explained Lundin.
At the ISD 318 Board Meeting on July 19, the School Board approved former Grand Rapids High School Principal Mark Schroeder to serve as an Interim School Board Director. Schroeder will serve as an Interim Board Member until a special election is held on November 2 to fill the vacancy left by Sue Zeige’s June resignation.
After enduring five different learning model transitions, principals and teachers at Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) recognized the need to address growing learning gaps in their students’ high school experience. “I am so proud of the implementation of evidence-based practices by our high school teachers and principals,” said Sue Akre, Director of Teaching and Learning. “They have tried to minimize the impact of the pandemic on our students and have also created a model that can be replicated in the future to help all students achieve our state's rigorous standards.”