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July 10, 2014

Duncan to help Empire with its at-risk students

DUNCAN — Duncan Public School’s EDGE Academy will become a cooperative for Empire’s at-risk students.

Duncan school district has agreed to take in up to three at-risk students from the Empire district during the coming academic year after Marlow discontinued its cooperative arrangement with the Empire and Velma-Alma school districts.

 Duncan’s EDGE Academy will host students from Empire who are considered at risk for dropping out of school while Comanche’s FAME Academy, which already serves at-risk students from Walters and Temple, will pick up students from the Velma-Alma district.

 EDGE Academy was created by the Duncan School District to focus on students who are at-risk for dropping out of high school for either personal issues or trouble adjusting to a high school setting.

Class sizes are small and teachers have more interactions with their students.

Empire will be allowed to send only three students to EDGE Academy at any given time.

“That’s not saying we’ll only have three,” Duncan Superintendent Sherry Labyer said. “It just means there can only be three at one time. During the school year, we could have nine, just not all at once.”

Empire will test and administer discipline to its students at the Duncan campus, she said.

Labyer said the Duncan School District hasn’t been involved in a co-op before.

Empire asked Duncan about the cooperative agreement after Marlow decided to discontinue its co-op program, Labyer said.

If an Empire student has a behavior problem, Duncan can send the student back to Empire, she said.


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