Boyne Valley Alternative Education
Boyne Valley Annual Report
Great Lakes Annual Report
Many area students follow a different path to graduation through Boyne City
Alternative Education. Located in
, the program is a small, quiet,
thoroughly engaging setting where students can exercise learning options as they
pursue their high school diplomas. Course work is conducted in traditional
classroom settings, one-on-one, or independently. Additional opportunities
include field trips, community service, on-line learning, dual enrollment, and
activities in the humanities. The ideal alternative student is goal-oriented and
A letter from the Superintendent
You may have read in local newspapers that there will be changes to Boyne City Public Schools’ Boyne Valley Alternative High School, which has been housed in the Boyne Valley Education Center, located in Boyne Falls. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with the facts about the changes that have been thoughtfully deliberated by the district’s administration and Board of Education. We know we have come up with solutions that will provide a safe, educational setting and carefully considered how it affects the quality of education we provide all students.
First, it is important to know there were three main programs provided in the school building in Boyne Falls:
1. Boyne Valley Alternative High School (BVAHS) is a program facilitated by Boyne City Public Schools and is available to students inside and outside the boundaries of our district. Students attending this program, for various reasons, require additional support and benefits from a different approach to learning. Attending an alternative school provides multiple opportunities for credit recovery in a smaller non-traditional learning environment, and provides the students with the atmosphere for success. In the past, the typical enrollment for this school has been approximately 15-30 students.
2. Great Lakes Academic Center was a cooperative program between Charlevoix County 7th Probate Court and Boyne City Public Schools and includes Recovery High. The program allows court-adjudicated students to keep up with schoolwork in a structured environment. Great Lakes will now become The Round Lake Educational Center and will be operated by Charlevoix Public Schools. The decision to move Great Lakes to Charlevoix was a matter of the students’ best interests by saving time and money, due to the frequent bus trips to Charlevoix for court meetings or other treatment opportunities. Moving the program to Charlevoix Public Schools, will reduce travel time and its associated costs, while creating an enhanced learning environment by allowing more time to be spent in the classroom. We all felt it was a win-win situation. Over the years, the Great Lakes Academic Center delivered positive results for many students by supporting their efforts to earn a diploma when many were in danger of not graduating. I’m proud of the staff, students and families who helped make the program successful.
3. Orion is a program run by Char-Em ISD that supports students with severe emotional and behavioral needs that cannot be addressed in the local district setting. These students come from many of the districts in the Char-Em ISD service area of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim counties. Orion is not making any changes and will remain in the Boyne Valley Educational Center in Boyne Falls.
With Great Lakes Academic Center no longer a program operated by Boyne City Public Schools, the district had to examine the impacts of the change. The following factors were carefully considered when making these important decisions: student enrollment (reduced), the budget (reduced), effective curriculum, sufficient staffing and suitable accommodations. Above all else, we wanted to make a successful program even better for students and families. Below are some changes we will implement to help accomplish our goal:
• Host the Boyne Valley Alternative High School’s program closer to the main campus, by designating three classrooms on the second floor of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) building, on South Park Street in Boyne City. This action is in alignment to the Board of Education’s intended long-term goals.
• Implement a blended approach to student learning. This will include an online component for core classes, as well as providing the opportunity for students to participate in the many vocational education programs (i.e. building trades, hospitality, etc.) and electives offered at the Boyne City High School (i.e. art, machine tool technology, etc.).
• Staff the program with our current Boyne Valley’s Director, Cody Wilcox and a certified teacher who will be the mentor for the in-house online curriculum and assist students with their academics.
Some parents have questioned having high school students in the same building as our Early Learners. I hope this communication has helped to alleviate many of those unwarranted concerns. Additional information that might be helpful follows:
• The following high school students are currently attending class in the ECEC building and have been for many years with positive results:
o The Boyne City High School’s Hospitality Program
o Char-Em ISD’s New Horizons alternative education program, which assists pregnant and parenting teens complete their high school education.
• Boyne Valley Alternative High School students will walk into the building through the same entrance as the Hospitality Class and head directly upstairs to their classrooms. Personnel from the Alternative High School will be monitoring the hallway when students arrive and depart.
• The Alternative High School program will be a “closed campus.” This means students will be required to remain in their designated second-floor area. The students will not be allowed to wander the building or be outdoors during free time or lunch, except for arrival, departure and when using the gymnasium.
• A strict behavior plan will be implemented.
• The Early Childhood Education Center is an eclectic building that is multifunctional and houses many different programs and institutions. It has a focus on early childhood learning, but it also houses offices for Char-Em employees, our technological services, weekly WIC Clinics, and a weekly Heath Department class for adults. It also houses “Community Christmas”, “Coat’s for Chill”, and various other activities that are not early childhood related.
It has always been our goal to make all our programs safe and successful for all students. By providing this factual information I hope to make you well-informed about these positive changes. I welcome additional questions you may have. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-439-8190.
Peter Moss, Superintendent
The Boyne City Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. The following person is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies of the District or to address any complaint of discrimination: Superintendent, 321 S. Park St., Boyne City, MI, 49712, (231) 439-8190.