After listening for almost two hours to about 18 parents, students and teachers pleading to save a program that serves students at risk of dropping out of school, the Nicolet School Board last night voted to keep it.
However, board members directed alternative program leaders to find a less expensive way to offer it.
The board must cut $1.3 million from what officials predict they will need to spend next year to continue Nicolet's educational program.
The alternative program costs $156,867 and it serves 13 students, District Administrator Rick Monroe said.
Although 18 people spoke, nearly 70 attended the often emotional meeting. Parents told the board of how they could not reach their children. Students who are headed for college spoke of not caring about school before the program. Teachers spoke of seeing a reawakening of hope in their students.
Students are recommended or volunteer, are screened and then admitted into the program.
The board will examine a modified program at a special meeting April 30.
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