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Expansion of Spanish immersion will be discussed

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The possible expansion of a Spanish language immersion program will be discussed when the District 833 School Board meets meets Thursday night in Cottage Grove.

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Parents of students in the Nuevas Fronteras program at Crestview Elementary in Cottage Grove have been asking the district to expand the program, now with three class sections for each grade level, kindergarten through fifth-grades, so more children can be enrolled.

Because of the sibling preference policy that allows families with children already in the program to enroll before other students, parents said open enrollment was limited to 18 for this year.

This summer, board members formed a task force to make recommendations on possible expansion.

Possibilities to be discussed include making no changes or moving one or more grades to another school and keeping the base program at Crestview.

Another possibility, which parents of immersion students have favored in the past, is to move students in a traditional elementary school to other schools to create a school solely for Spanish immersion.

The board is meeting in a workshop setting where no testimony is allowed from the general public, according to board policy.

Nuevas Frontaras is for non-Spanish speaking students and not for children who are already Spanish speakers. All classes are taught in Spanish.

The board will meet for the workshop at 6 p.m. at the District 833 Service Center, located at 7363 East Point Douglas Rd. in Cottage Grove.

Check swcbulletin.com for more on the board's Spanish immersion discussion.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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