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Dual credit course options weighed

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The Lake Preston Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled May meeting on Monday night.

There were few topics on the agenda, but an overview of the 2022-2023 preliminary budget was one of them. Business Manager Kristi Curd first reviewed the prospective general fund revenues, which would have the district requesting $60,000 less opt out dollars during the next year. She noted that although the district would be dipping into its fund reserves in 2023, enrollment projections are showing that this would be a one-year dip, with an incoming preschool class of 27 students. Expenditures are projected to increase, mostly due to staff salary increases, but also due to the cost of supplies and fuel.

On another topic, Middle School/High School Principal Jordan Solberg presented information about the district covering the cost of dual credit courses. Currently, the district pays about $4,000 per year for online classes for high school students through South Dakota Virtual School, and students are responsible for footing the bill on all dual credit course costs. He is hoping that if the district would agree to cover the cost of the dual credit courses, which are $48.33 per credit hour or roughly $145 for a three-credit class, students would be more inclined to take those classes instead of the virtual school courses, which are anywhere from $250 to $375 per course.

Dual credit courses also offer the student the opportunity to get a head start in college. Board member Megan Eichler raised the point that with the CTE instructor added this year, the students are already getting additional course offerings from the current year, and hopefully that will help scale back the need for taking courses through the virtual school. Jerod Olson added that he liked the idea of the district only paying for a portion of the virtual school costs and that might help balance out the overall cost of the proposal. As this was just a discussion item, there was no call for a motion on this topic at this time.

In other actions, the board unanimously approved adding Iroquois to the current Kingsbury Knights wrestling cooperative.

They also voted yes on each item for the South Dakota High School Activity Association amendments.

The board moved to enter into executive session, citing personnel, student concerns and evaluations. Upon exiting executive session, the board approved to adjust Corey Tvinnereim’s contract from per route to per hour, to open the position of paraprofessional and to offer cooperative coaching contracts to Maddi Nelson for JH volleyball and Broderick Wendland for JH football.

The next regular meeting will be held at noon on Tues., June 14.

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