CLINTON — Plagued by poor attendance and graduation rates, Clinton’s alternative high school program may be moved to a new location adjacent to Clinton High School to provide better access to resources.
The Lincoln Campus program has been housed at a former elementary school building at 1850 S. Bluff Blvd. for about 10 years, Clinton Community School District Superintendent Deb Olson said.
The program has about 55 students, but the average attendance rate is about 40 percent and the graduation rate is about 30 percent, Olson said.
“We need to do better than that,” she said.
The school board is considering a plan to move the program into a building owned by the district on the campus of Clinton High School at 817 8th Ave. S. Olson said there would be no significant cost savings for the district, but there is hope that teachers and students having better access to the high school facilities will improve attendance and the graduation rate.
Brian Galusha, an associate principal at Clinton High School and the administrator in charge of the alternative school program, said moving the program closer to the high school would give alternative school students easier access to programs at the high school that may capture their interest and improve their attendance and graduation rate. Among those are the school’s culinary arts program and other vocational programs.
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Olson said she believes the district could find another use for the Lincoln Campus building.
The school board is expected to make a decision on the proposal later this month.