PITTSBURG — To help students continue on their track to graduation, USD 250 will soon offer an alternative school.

During the district’s board of education meeting on May 14, a lease at the rate of $1,500 per month at 312 West 4th Street was approved by the board for the use of an alternative school.

USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said the alternative school could help students who are having trouble succeeding in a traditional classroom.

“This will be a great alternative for some kids, it’s a really huge thing to help them stay on track to graduate,” he said.

Brown said the district has a goal to get as close to the 100 percent graduation rate and by providing an alternative this could assist the district in reaching its goal of helping students succeed.

The alternative school will be for USD 250 middle and high schools. It will have what Brown called a “blended approach” which gives students access to teachers which will work with students in person and an online portion.

For example, he said, an English teacher will work with a student, but the student may also have other coursework online.

He said the individualization will help meet the needs of each student.

If a student excels in some courses, such as art, they can take the course at school and then work on their core studies at the alternative school. This also includes Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County classes.

“If they do well in it we don’t want to take that from them,” Brown said.

For middle school students, they would be at the alternative school for disruptive behavior which they will “earn their way back to the middle school,” Brown said. He said this may change over time to better suit the needs of the students.

Brown said the alternative school is set to open in fall, the beginning of this coming school year.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.