At recent school board meetings the Granite Falls and Lake Stevens School districts approved a cooperative agreement that will combine the district’s alternative high school programs.
Beginning with the 2010 school year, PROVE Alternative School students will be served at the Granite Falls Crossroads location.
Under the cooperative agreement, Lake Stevens students attending Crossroads will remain Lake Stevens School District students, will receive bus transportation to the new school location, and upon graduation, receive a Lake Stevens School District diploma.
In combining the PROVE program with Crossroads it is the goal of the districts to be able to provide additional options and academic classes that will enrich the alternative program.
“This is an exciting time for us—this will provide an opportunity for us to expand the options for students which will benefit students and families,” Bridgett Perrigoue, program director at Crossroads said. In Lake Stevens enrollment in the PROVE Alternative program has been in decline over the past five years. In 2004 enrollment was at its typical 130 student range and since that time has fallen to 50 students. Enrollment at Crossroads is strong at 120 students.
“We have been struggling to keep a viable program going over the past few years, we view this as an opportunity to better serve our students,” Dr. Burgess, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District said.
Granite Falls School District is looking forward to combining efforts with the Lake Stevens School District. “We are anxious to welcome our new students and blend the two programs, which will benefit all students. We anticipate more course options and hope to bring the daycare to Crossroads for our teen parents,” Granite Falls Superintendent Karen Koschak said. “The current PROVE counselor will work with our incoming Lake Stevens students next year to help with the transition. We believe this is a win-win cooperative for everyone.”