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Alternative High School in Ogden May be on Shaky Ground

Alternative High School in Ogden May be on Shaky Ground

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The 250-student Washington Alternative High School is in jeopardy, with Ogden school board members want a study to decide if the school is doing its job.

Superintendent Noel Zabriskie says closing the school isn't out of the question.

Board member John Gullo has led the scrutiny of the alternative high school. He says too many students slip through the cracks and dropping out.

The possibility of closing first came up during budget talks last year. Washington costs $300,000 annually to run.

Principal Mitch Wilcox says the school fills an important mission by giving kids who don't fit the average student mold a place to get an education. He says the school keeps kids off the streets and helps them develop occupational and social skills.

Wilcox says a survey showed most students would NOT go back to mainstream schools if Washington closed. Most would drop out and get jobs.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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