At Monday night's board meeting Graettinger-Terril Superintendent Jesse Ulrich and two of his staff members presented a 2-year agreement with an option for a 3rd year. Ulrich tells KICD News that the initial talks that were broken off in December due in part to having kids for R-A coming over both in the morning and afternoon which would have been a financial strain. The proposal put forth last night would have Ruthven-Ayrshire students staying in Ruthven for core classes in the morning before heading to Graettinger-Terril in the afternoon to take mainly elective courses.
Ulrich adds that both districts teaming up puts them in a better position for the future.
The other option on the table is Emmetsburg. Ruthven-Ayrshire Superintendent Andrew Woiwood tells KICD News the board approved a counter proposal. While R-A is on board financially, they would like to have a focus on partial day sharing, with no language in the contract aimed at whole grade sharing down the line.
The next meeting on this issue has not been scheduled but will likely take place sometime next week.