Grand Forks Schools eyes a new location for its alternative education program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Grand Forks Public Schools is seeing more special needs students who need alternative education. Now, the school district is looking to expand its current program outside district facilities.

Leaders say when the alternative education program started in 2014, 18 students were enrolled. That number has grown to 27, and the district says its current location cannot keep up with student demands and no longer provides a safe environment for students.

To fix the problem, a school facilities committee approved spending more than $62,000 to lease part of the Grand Forks Herald building for two years. The full school board will vote on the issue Monday, Dec. 10.

The move is contested by local child protection advocates, who say using the facility would segregate students based on their disabilities and violate their civil rights.

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