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A-R to give students more class options

By Staff | Apr 29, 2010

For the past three years, Armstrong-Ringsted Consolidated School students have had a “cafeteria plan” of sorts in which they could choose to take courses from neighboring districts, whether those courses were Web-based, on the ICN or face-to-face.

Starting this fall, students will have even more options.

Principal Matt Berninghaus told the A-R Board of Education Tuesday night he will poll students to see if there’s interest in more higher-level courses. Those neighboring districts include North Sentral Kossuth, Graettinger-Terril and Estherville Lincoln Central.

Berninghaus said the courses offered would be those that go above and beyond the required minimums.

“It’s part of the regional academy plan,” Berninghaus said.

While the mechanics of the plan will remain the same, Berninghaus said students will be offered more courses from which to choose than previously.

In other business at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board discussed sharing with neighboring districts in a number of academic programs, including vo-ag, English, industrial technology, social sciences, science, math and foreign language. The board also received the resignation of Angela Hannigan, Spanish teacher, at the meeting.

The board scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday to accept the bid for the remodeling project. Multiple bids have been received.

The board approved the 2010 graduation list provided students complete course requirements.

The board also approved sharing cross-country with Estherville Lincoln Central. A 28E agreement was also approved to share Superintendent Randy Collins with Graettinger-Terril.

A parents meeting will be held within the next two to three weeks to decide whether fourth-graders should be relocated to Ringsted.

The board was also informed that engineering students won the catapult competition at Iowa State University for the third, straight year.

The competition included schools of all classes.