The second half of the school year is beginning in the former Sunset Elementary School for students taking classes through the Lakeside Alternative (School) Program. The program, serving Garner-Hayfield, Ventura and Clear Lake School District students, had been housed at the Ventura/G-H Middle School in Ventura.
Clear Lake School leaders proposed use of the vacant building to the G-H School Board and reached an agreement last month. Lakeside currently has 13 seats; seven seats purchased by the Clear Lake district and six from G-H/V. The shared alternative program has been a part of G-H, Ventura and Clear Lake for over 10 years.
The Clear Lake Board has guaranteed Sunset will house the program for a minimum of three years. Other stipulations agreed upon by the districts ensure Ventura remains fiscal agent for the program; and language be written into the 28E agreement stating the per pupil budget will be equal to state allotted per pupil dollars (currently about $6,100) without approval by all boards.