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SAGE partially saved by Ellsworth School Board, Title I favored at PV

Believing the difference in student numbers doesn't outweigh the importance of Title I services there, the Ellsworth School Board voted Monday to eliminate the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program at Prairie View Elementary School.

In taking the action, the board also retained SAGE at Hillcrest Elementary School, kept Title I at Prairie View as it's been and added two half-time aides to kindergarten at that school.

Several board members felt the latest class size projections for Prairie View of 20.5 in kindergarten, 20.3 in first grade, 21.5 in second grade and 21.5 in third grade weren't sufficiently greater than those which would be achieved if SAGE was continued. Meantime, had SAGE indeed been retained at Prairie View, approximately one-third of its Title I services would have had to be transferred to Hillcrest under state regulations. That's because Prairie View hasn't had a sufficient number of families qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, a factor in an arrangement the state calls "supplanting," which tops other considerations.

Read more in the print version of the Herald July 14.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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