There are a lot of changes at Coldwater Community Schools, one of them being the restructuring of the education which alternative students in our district receive. While Franklin Alternative High School has been a nurturing and caring program for our students, the program has encountered significant obstacles in recent years that have led to poor student attendance and a very unsatisfactory graduation rate.
The new CASL Academy will be located at the Lincoln Learning Center beginning in August of 2014. The goal, as it has always been, is for alternative high school students to earn a diploma or GED. Although Franklin School will not be operating, all of the students will be presented with several viable options including transfer to the new program at the Lincoln Learning Center, which will become the CASL (Coldwater Adult and Secondary Learning) Academy. Other possibilities include moving back into their residential high school, attending part of the day at the Branch Area Careers Center, or a combination of these placements.
Over the past year, Coldwater Community Schools administration team has been studying the most recent research, talking with administrators and staff members, meeting with students, and learning from other programs to explore changes to overcome student obstacles to success. It was decided to move the program to the Lincoln Learning Center to consolidate daycare options, make the commute closer for students, and function in a building that better fit student needs.
Over the summer the building will be prepared for the students with registration beginning on May 20 and classes beginning September 2, following the Coldwater School calendar. Class times will run from 11 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays with an hour of focus time each day. The hour of focus time will allow students to receive tutoring assistance or to complete homework. Fridays will be reserved for tutoring and enrichment opportunities.
Students who attend CASL Academy will be those who require smaller class sizes, alternative strategies, or who attend Coldwater High School but need credit recovery. The Coldwater Adult Education students will share the facility but will be in separate classrooms most times.
Expectations for student behavior will be high including no tobacco use allowed in or around the school grounds and no cell phones or other personal electronic devices in the classrooms.
Special services offered to students at CASL Academy will include child care for infants through age 12 at the Kids Club Daycare open 6am till 6pm, tutoring support, counseling support, partnerships with other agencies in the area, hot lunches, transportation, participation at the Branch Area Careers Center in the morning, shared time with Coldwater High School, teens receiving parenting support during the focus break, and more.
We are confident that this restructuring initiative will not only be beneficial to students, but will also result in improved graduation rates and improved readiness for continuing education or careers. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Searls at the Lincoln Learning Center at 279-5975 or Mrs. Koenemann at 279-5910 ext. 247.
The mission of Coldwater Community Schools is to provide a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student is prepared to succeed in a global community, and with the changes coming to CASL Academy, we feel we are setting students up for a successful future.
Dr. Tina Kerr is the Superintendent of Coldwater Community Schools and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 517-279-5910. The main website for Coldwater Community Schools can be found at http://www.coldwaterschools.org.