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A group of local business people recently gathered to hear about Alexandria School District 206's plans for learning academies set to begin in the fall of 2014. District leaders hope to partner with local business people to develop curriculum for the learning academies and offer on-site learning opportunities for students. Doug Houska of Bremer Bank is one of the community representatives who spoke to the group. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

District 206 begins recruiting efforts for learning academies

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Alexandria School District 206 recently launched efforts to partner with community leaders on the new learning academies concept.

During a meeting August 6 with 14 people representing the area's business, communication and entrepreneurship sectors, learning academies were explained and people at the meeting were asked to consider joining advisory teams to help develop a curriculum with teachers and host student learning opportunities at their place of business.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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