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Ironwood board approves digital curriculum


October 22, 2019


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Ironwood — Although it may be somewhat of a formality, the Ironwood Area Schools’ board of education approved the list of online classes the district could potentially offer Monday.

The district’s students use the online courses to supplement those offered at the Luther L. Wright K-12 School and other means — such as those at Gogebic Community College — to help meet their needed graduation requirements.

Superintendent Travis Powell said state rules required the board approve the list of online curriculum options — which listed all the classes OdysseyWare offers — even if the district hasn’t actually had any students enrolled in each of the classes.

“We do not have students enrolled in every one of the courses in the 173 pages of this document,” Powell said. “However, because it’s online and it’s through OdysseyWare, we could have a student enrolled in anything listed here.”

District officials estimated roughly 10% of the district’s students are taking some kind of online course

In other action, the board:

—Approved extending the contracts with the district’s three unions through Jan. 1 to allow more time for ongoing contract negotiations.

—Authorized Powell to seek bids for the low sulfur diesel fuel contract.

—Approved the personnel report, which included several new hires and resignations.

—Heard a presentation from Karla Parrott, with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on her efforts to reduce truancy and improve regular attendance.


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