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Board to salute ‘Outers’ program


The “Outers” program at Atikokan High School will receive special recognition tonight in celebration of its 50 years of success teaching outdoors education.

“This program is the longest-running, publicly-funded outdoor education program in North America,” states a report to the Rainy River District School Board.

Although the program has a different agenda for each season, it focuses on the aspects of expeditions, service, and safety.

According to the report, the program’s success is credited to the commitment of students, teachers, parents, community members, and alumni.

“The ‘Outers’ program, at the end of this school year, will have completed 50 years of providing students with a sound knowledge of the great natural resources and opportunities in Northwestern Ontario, and developing skills that will equip them to succeed throughout their lives,” it notes.

Also at tonight’s regular monthly meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. in Atikokan, the board will outline the implementation of the Special High Skills Major (SHSM) program in business and hospitality.

This implementation into the curriculum will happen in both Atikokan High School and Fort Frances High School beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

SHSM allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector and assist in transition after graduation in apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

Also tonight, the board will:

  • rescind several policies, including board gifts, delegation of authority, employee protection, and critical injury;
  • approve the 2015 Special Education Plan; and
  • approve the policy on recognition of service and environmental education for stakeholder consultation.
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