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|Planning Continues for Galesburg Alternative School
|Officials in District 205 are hard at it, working to develop an alternative high school that was the focus of a committee earlier this year.
The District 205 School Board last April unanimously approved the recommendations of the 15-member Secondary Alternative School Feasibility Committee to create the alternative school. The goal is to open the district-run school, to be located in the Rose Hoben Welch facility, in the fall of next year.
The school board hired Wes Olson to lead the development of the alternative school. Olson has served as a driver's education teacher at Galesburg High School, and is also the head varsity football coach.
Olson recently presented the school board with an update on the alternative school, and he tells WGIL officials are basically starting from scratch. "What we've tried to do is, obviously, visit and talk to people who have gone through this process, and see what is it, exactly, that we need to do," Olson said. "One thing we've done is, we've been in contact with the State Board of Education to let them know what our plans are; and they've basically given us two options in regards to what type of school we can be. We can either be a program that's part of (Galesburg High School) and opreate under that umbrella, or a totally separate school, being our own entity."
Olson's presentation to the school board noted four key areas of concentration by those involved with the alternative school. Besides determining if it should be its own entity or not, officials are also focusing on the admission criteria, the curriculum and what type of diploma graduates will receive: a GHS diploma, or a newly created one.
Olson says officials have contacted or visited other alternative high schools in Moline and Burlington, Iowa, and work is ongoing with the State Board of Education. The local school would start by capping enrollment at 100.
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