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NCW Turns Down Ada-Borup "Tuitioning" Proposal, Continues to Look Toward Future

By Mark Askelson (4/18/17)

Hendrum, MN -- The Norman County West School Board chose not to consider a proposal that came from the Ada-Borup School Board during their regular meeting on Tuesday. The proposal, which came out of Ada-Borup’s special work session on Monday, would send Norman County West Juniors and Seniors to the Ada-Borup School next year for education and activities and eventually 9-12 or additional students in years after. Norman County West School Board Chair Michael Holte says the board was not interested in “Tuitioning Out” their students because it still doesn’t solve all of their problems and could potentially mean the beginning of the end for the district.

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As far as providing a more favorable environment for students when it comes to althetics, Holte says they have begun looking at other districts for possible pairing agreements after Ada-Borup rejected a full sports proposal from Norman County West a week ago.

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The three schools who said they were willing to discuss pairing options included Northern Cass, Hillsboro, and Fertile-Beltrami.

Back on the agenda this month for Norman County West was Long Term Direction discussions. Holte says they approved forming an Efficiency Committee to help guide the district in cutting costs and keeping it sustainable.

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The Efficiency committee will include two board members, administration, a high school and elementary staff member, and four community members. The committee would meet quite often, according to Norman County West Superintendant Dr. Shawn Yates.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board approved the resignation of a High School Special Ed teacher Melissa Larson and Elementary Secretary Gayle Merkens, approved sharing an Art and Driver's Ed teacher with Ada-Borup, and approved a health insurance agreement with Northwest Service Co Op.

Listen to interviews with NCW Superintendant Dr. Shawn Yates and NCW Board Chair Michael Holte following Tuesday morning's Norman County West School Board Meeting. 

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NCW Board Chair Michael Holte

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