Bohmer: “If you’re going to do this, I would like to see students served well”
Sally Bohmer, who taught at Laker High for 14 years before retirement, pleaded with the Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education to consider the students first before making a decision on taking over Laker High and relocating it to the McKinley building.
“If you’re going to do this, I would like to see students served well,” Bohmer said. “You can’t treat them the same as other kids. You never will. If you’re going to do this, do not make the mistake of understaffing.”
The board discussed the possibility of moving the program to McKinley and doubling the number of students from 24 to 48. Students, who would be taught by a lead instructor with an aide, would follow individualized educational plans. Iowa Lakes Community College currently has a lead instructor and two others who work 38 hours a week.
“We were focused on meeting the students’ needs,” Bohmer said of her tenure at Laker High. “Don’t shortcut the staffing. They’re not going to catch up in three hours a day if they’re already behind.”
Bohmer directed Laker High since its inception in 1991 for 14 years. The alternative school, the first of its kind in northwest Iowa, was initially funded by a grant written by Iowa Lakes Community College. The program is now funded by state aid ELC receives.