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Waite Park Sober School Seeks Funds From State Legislature

Welcome to Waite Park sign. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
Welcome to Waite Park sign. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of a new Minnesota school that helps students
struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding.

Seven students have been treated so far at the McKinley Recovery School, which is in
its first year in Waite Park. It’s one of only six so-called sober schools in
Minnesota.

School leaders say that despite the program’s infancy, it’s proving effective.

McKinley Area Learning Center Principal Al Johnson testified before the
Minnesota House Education Finance Committee last month to support funding for
the recovery school.

Multiple proposed bills would fund recovery schools in fiscal years 2018 and
2019. A bill written by five legislators would provide funding and allow for
some of the money to be used to transport students to the program.

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