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School board talks partnerships

The Lake Superior School District board discussed a new partnership with Education Innovation Partners (EIP), a partnership between schools in northeastern Minnesota to increase educational opportunities for students and took action to remove community service as a graduation requirement during its meet Tuesday in Two Harbors.

EIP is a partnership between 22 regional school districts and five community colleges to help provide students with more opportunities and a wider variety of of courses. For example, if a student in Silver Bay wanted to take German, but the class is only offered in Hibbing, EIP would help make it possible for the student to take it and get credit for the course through telepresence and other technology.

The board also removed the community service graduation requirement and the district will now offer a letter, similar to a varsity athletic or academic letter, instead. While removing the actual requirement for graduation the district will offer the letter as recognition and continue to include community service on official transcripts.

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