During its January meeting, Monday, the Dickinson School Board voted to fund Dickinson High School's Success Academy, which aims to aid students struggling with behavioral and/or academic problems.

Assistant Superintendent of Dickinson Public Schools, Keith Harris, who was behind the program, addressed the budget development and input committee Jan. 9 regarding funding needed to operate the Success Academy.

According to the meeting's minutes, Harris estimated the cost of running the academy for the remainder of the school year to be between $83,000 and $98,000, which would pay for a teacher, a paraprofessional and a Presence Learning contract for behavioral and mental health services. An additional $7,500 was budgeted for initial training, supplies and equipment.

The cost of the Success Academy for the 2020-2021 school year was estimated in the same meeting to be between $166,000 and $196,000.

The school board also approved a motion to keep the high school's current class schedule for the 2020-2021 school year and to begin the freshman academy.

District administration will recommend moving all grade levels to the full academy model the following school year, 2021-2022, and move the class schedule to an A/B block format.