The Fairmont Area School Board approved a motion Tuesday to allow the district to move forward with creating hybrid and online classes. . Board members say that the hybrid and online aspect will be an addition to the current school structure, not a replacement.

Hybrid Classes would initially be offered to 11th and 12th grade students attending Fairmont High School taking College in the School (CIS) classes starting with the 1st semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

Online Classes would initially be offered to high school students attending other Minnesota High Schools starting with the 2nd semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent Joe Brown explained.“The long-term goal that we have here is for Fairmont High School to become an online school so we can offer classes to other school districts throughout the state,” he said. “Traditionally, they require a one-year notification, but we sent a letter off last week and they’re going to let us pursue this as early as January of 2021.”

The board also approved a proposed sale of $1,900.000 General Obligation Bonds for Facilities Maintenance Bonds, a Committed Fund for dollars donated to the Construction Trades Academy, a two year contract settlement with Business Office Staff and accepted a donation of $ 3,966 for tools and equipment for the Construction Trades Academy..

Approved a three-year contract for a School Resource Officer.

Approved a motion to accept the resignation of high school ag teacher Amber Seibert after the current school year. The district is in the process of recruiting a new ag teacher. Amber Seibert accepted a position at Park Rapids.

The board approved a resolution to allow a junior or senior high school student to serve as a non-voting member of the Fairmont Area Schoool Board beginning with the 2020-21 school year.