Published On: Wed, Aug 6th, 2008

Distance Learning Pays Big Dividends for Coleridge schools

COLERIDGE — The Coleridge School is in line to receive $80,000 as an incentive payment for distance education classes.
The Coleridge School will be receiving the highest state incentive payment in the state for sending and receiving distance education, Board members were told Monday.
“The funds are associated with LB1208 which laid the policy for distance education,” said board member Brian Holcomb.


The school was also paid for an equipment upgrade for distance education through LB1208 according to Superintendent Dan Hoesing.
The preliminary figures that were released show Laurel-Concord and Newcastle schools will be receiving the next two highest amounts.
Funds for Laurel-Concord will be at $74,000 while Newcastle will receive $45,000. Bloomfield is next in line with $18,000 and Wynot School will get $16,000.
The funds are based on the number of distance education classes — not the number of students.
The four schools involved in an inter-local agreement for sharing have received additional distance education carts for the 2008-09 school year.
Coleridge and Laurel-Concord Schools will each have one additional cart while Newcastle and Wynot Schools will each receive two carts.
“We have been working on making distance education even better,” said Hoesing.

In other action Brian Holcomb was appointed as the Legislative Relations Network Member for the Coleridge School.
Throughout the year the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) takes positions on a variety of policies.
In order to know what direction to go, a vote is taken from each school across Nebraska.
Holcomb will be placing the vote for the Coleridge School District at the upcoming state conventions.
Holcomb has previously been representing Coleridge on the Legislative Relations Network.
Board members and administration also reviewed the 2008-09 bus routes.
Two buses will be used to transport students to and from the school this year.
The four schools will be working together to transport special education students to Yankton for vocational programs along with other education. “We will be able to cut route time,” said Hoesing.
The handicap entrance to the middle door has been completed according to Hoesing.
Board members also learned the new Level III Special Education program at the Coleridge School will have eight students by the start of the 2008-09 school year.
Students will be coming from Hartington, Laurel-Concord and Wynot Schools according to Hoesing.
The Level III Special Education program started operating during the month of July.
Hoesing praised the staff and the special education that is being provided for the students.
“The staff works together well in this program,” said Hoesing. “This is the best place for these students to be.”
Hoesing told board members there is a need for host families for the exchange students who will be coming from China.
A school board retreat for Coleridge, Laurel-Concord, Newcastle and Wynot Schools will also be held in October.

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