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The Frazee-Vergas School Board is looking at ideas to retain students and keep them happy with their choice to stay in the district.

First of all, students are being given the opportunity to select their own classes, besides the core requirements. Principal Brian Koslofsky said students are registering this month so they will know their schedules for next fall sooner.

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He said he and staff are looking into six-period days versus seven-period days as well. He plans to have more information for the board in the future on that subject.

The second major change that could come for Frazee-Vergas students is the opportunity to go online.

"It'll change the look of this school," Koslofsky said.

He said he is looking into a regional teacher to assist students in area schools to be able to take classes online rather than the traditional classroom setting.

He said he recently had a mother take her child out of the school system to take classes online through an online school based in the Twin Cities, and he said he would have liked to have been able to offer that student online classes here instead.

Rather than having area schools compete with each other, he said he'd like to see a "regional base" offering the secondary classes at each school. There would also be post secondary classes offered.

Superintendent Deron Stender said Gov. Tim Pawlenty is very serious about online schools, so the district needs to be looking at options to stay in business.

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