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LCSD BOE votes to eliminate alternative high school program

— Also discussed at the work session were cuts to transportation and moving from full-day to half day kindergarten. Both ideas were rejected.

Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns, who had advocated strongly for the implementation of the program, said the elimination of FOCUS wouldn’t save any money in the 2012-13 budget. All faculty and staff in the building would be absorbed into the main high school, and human resources personnel would be spread throughout the district. He wasn’t sure what would happen to the building. He was disappointed to see the program cut.

“In my mind, it’s no different from any other program,” he said. “I hope we’re constantly looking for ways to be successful with kids, and [the kids in the FOCUS Academy] are a subpopulation of kids. I care for them just as much as I do any other child.”

The board will meet next on March 26. They must take action on their budget on April 2.

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