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).
Secondary students will begin to return with a staggered start on January 26. “With more students coming back to school, the beginning of school activities, and a desire to maintain our ability to operate, MDH felt easing into the return will help us avoid that scenario where we need to roll back to a more restrictive model,” said Superintendent Grose.
Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition will receive a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant for $125,000 each year for the next five years. The grant will enable Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition to continue their work promoting positive community norms in our community. Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition work to reduce and delay underage alcohol and substance use by empowering young people and correcting misperceptions about use. Over the past five years, they have worked to help students make healthy choices about not using alcohol or illegal drugs. The group has also worked to educate parents on how to support their children in making those healthy choices.
School Board to Approve 1.87% Decrease in District Tax Levy on December 21. At the annual Truth in Taxation meeting on December 7, the ISD 318 School Board reviewed the final tax levy which amounts to a decrease for taxpayers. “If a resident sees an increase in their district taxes, it is only because the market value on their property has increased,” explained Business Manager Kara Lundin.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Return to Learn ThoughtExchange. Over 970 community members responded with over 37,000 rankings and impressions. If you've ever been in a strategic planning meeting, that means over 37,000 sticky dots of feedback from you, your friends, and your neighbors.
The funds will be used to purchase additional 1:1 student devices and supporting technology. “In planning for the coming school year, we want to ensure that our students will have access to their teachers and support staff via iPads and hotspots if necessary,” said Teaching and Learning Director Sue Akre. “During the past school year’s distance learning period the iPads were our best way to connect with students. Beyond learning, the devices provided access to mental health supports and engagement with teachers and staff.”