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Head Start to use three rooms at Roosevelt School

By Staff | Jul 20, 2017

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Roosevelt School on South Sixth Street will see more use in the upcoming school year. At its regular meeting Monday, the ELC School Board approved an agreement with Upper Des Moines Opportunity to use three classrooms on the main level of Roosevelt for the Head Start program.

ELC Superintendent Tara Paul said the school district will not charge rent, but UDMO will be responsible for 11.5 percent of the utilities every month with a cap of $14,500 for the year.

There were no classes held at Roosevelt this past school year as all elementary classes were moved to the new facilities at Demoney Elementary. The auditorium and gym facilities both served various programs during the year.

The ELC Board also approved an agreement with UDMO to be the flow-through entity for the state funding that is used for the Early Head Start, Head Start and Preschool programs.

In other business, the board approved a change to policy concerning second chance reading at the high school level.

New policy as listed in the high school handbook will read: “Students who have not demonstrated proficiency in reading on State Mandated standardized testing will participate in a District prescribed reading class at the high school level. Non-freshman may be exempted from this requirement having demonstrated adaptable reading skills as demonstrated through the ELC Reading class and a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the current high school academic year. Students on IEP’s, and involved in the ELL program will be entered in the class on a case by case basis as determined by their case manager and administration.”

The 5-12 English Department will review the changes and determine later in the school year whether the school district uses the state standardized test proficiency only or would they recommend an additional assessment be used to show proficiency or non proficiency in reading.