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Clark County Alternative High School

Jul 23, 2012

The Clark County R-1 School District will try to make it easier for a few students to get a diploma.

The district’s $9.1-million budget for the upcoming school year includes money for the establishment of an alternative high school.

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht says the computer-based system will allow students to work on classes at their own pace.

He says Clark County has talked about an alternative school for years, to aid students who do not succeed in a regular classroom setting.

“It could be that they just do not adjust to the setting,” says Kracht, “while others are pregnant, married, or have kids.  There are a variety of reasons that put kids at risk and this is just a way to hopefully help those kids get a diploma and get them to graduate.”

Kracht says up to ten high school students can enroll via referral, but the goal is to have five participants during this first year.

He says the alternative high school will run from 11:15 A.M. – 2:45 P.M. each day in the building next to Clark County’s preschool.