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The School Board has been told by Vicki Wright, director of curriculum assessment and testing, that it must develop a plan to meet state requirements for academic intervention services.

The board must formally adopt the plan by July 1. Beginning in September, all students in the state must be provided with the services when they fall below the state-designated performance levels on state tests in English, math, social studies or science.

The plan must include the district's procedures used for determining the need for academic intervention; the academic instructional or support services that will be provided; how and when the services will be offered; and the criteria that will be used when a student no longer needs academic intervention.

"It's very exciting," Superintendent James Mills said Wednesday. "I think it's a move in the right direction. It's certainly a way to assure that all students meet the higher learning standards, but it's not without cost."

Also on Monday, the board approved an emergency spending measure to buy a new snowplow. The cost is not to exceed $3,800. Mills said it's important to get a new plow because the current one is deteriorating.

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