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Alliance Alternative School could expand hours; waiting for grant

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The Alliance Alternative School could be expanding it's hours if a grant is approved by the state.
Earlier this year, members of the Panhandle Public Health Coalition presented an application for a 30-thousand dollar Juvenile Justice grant to the Box Butte County Commissioners.

Alliance High School Principal Dr. Pat Jones says if the grant is approved it would pay the wages of two new staff members for the alternative school.

Currently, classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jones says staff would consider expanding another set of classes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There are currently 25 students in the program and 10 are awaiting entrance.

Jones also says it's possible night classes could be added to accommodate those waiting or to serve another 24 students.
"It's very important every student still graduates from high school and get their diploma. The traditional path works for most but not for all. So it's important that we offer their second option for them and we are having good success with it."
The funds could be approved by the middle of the year. The grant money would also be allocated to the Cat Shack Youth Center in Hemingford and fund the salary for a Box Butte County school resource officer.

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