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Burlington Identifies New Home For School

Jan 16, 2012

The Burlington School District believes it has a permanent home for one of its programs.  The district’s alternative high school serves about 100 non-traditional students.

These are students who are not able to attend regular classes for a variety of reasons (arrest, behavior, having a baby, etc.)

Superintendent Jane Evans says they are required to complete a similar course-load as students at Burlington High School.

The alternative high school has called several buildings home in recent years, including the former Washington Elementary School and the former Salter Elementary School.

The Burlington School Board has agreed to move the program to the soon-to-be-vacant James Madison Middle School.

Evans says the alternative high school would only use a portion of the building.

“The long range plan is to move other departments in there as well,” says Evans, “we are thinking technology, possibly food service, and someday, the administrative staff could be in that building.”

The move will not take place until the fall.

That’s because James Madison Middle School will not be vacant until Edward Stone Middle School is finished.