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QPS to move at-risk students to classrooms in Board of Education building

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Quincy School District's budget cuts on Wednesday night didn't stop at laying off 13 para-educators.

Administrators say another move will save $100,000 dollars a year and instead of hurting education, will improve it.

For the past three years, the program for some of the most at risk students has been contracted through Chaddock and housed at St. Anthony's. But Director of Special Education Eryn Beswick says the special education alternative school classrooms will be built in the basement of the Board of Education building.

The program is designed to help some of the most at risk students.

"It's not always the easiest for them to be able to arrive late to school, and so we're hoping by having it back here locally in town and more in a central location, students will be able to come to school if they happen to be late," Beswick said.

Only three special education students in the alternative program have graduated in two and a half years. By running their own program with individual attention, school officials hope for better attendance and a higher graduation rate.

"Students will see that they can make progress with their credits towards a graduation and stay involved and engaged in what's happening within the school environment. And hopefully we can kind of develop specific plans for each individual student," Beswick said.

She said that one of the improvements will come through new online classes that offers students flexibility with their individual learning plans.

The Regional Safe Schools Program, the former alternative school for troubled students, was moved here last year as another cost cutting move.

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