Blue Ridge to move at-risk program in-house

FARMER CITY — Blue Ridge High School will offer an in-house at-risk program for students who qualify next year.

Currently, high school students living in the Blue Ridge school district who qualify for an alternative program due to behavior or academic issues attend school in Bloomington or LeRoy.

With the new policy the district implemented, which goes into effect next school year, some of those students will be able to attend class at Blue Ridge High School.

Blue Ridge Superintendent Susan Wilson said the district decided to form its own at-risk program to benefit the students.

Due to shifts in the number of special education students, the district will be able to reallocate existing personnel to cover the program, Wilson said. The program will require a teacher and teaching assistant. The need for transportation will be reduced by keeping more students in-district.

This year, 10 students (eight seniors) are attending alternative schools in Bloomington, LeRoy and Jacksonville. A small number of those students will need to continue in their current placements, Wilson said. But many will be able to attend the at-risk program at Blue Ridge.

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