Southwest ND education program loses Dickinson

Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The largest member of a southwest North Dakota education services consortium is leaving, just three months after the second-largest member announced it was leaving.

The Dickinson Press reports that the Dickinson Public School Board has voted to leave the Roughrider Education Services Program at the end of the month, after months of disagreement and attempts at reconciliation. A spokeswoman says the school district and the program "are moving in different directions."

Dickinson Catholic Schools announced in March that it was withdrawing at the end of June, citing the membership cost.

The program is an effort of about 20 school districts to collaborate on such things as staff development and student counseling. Officials earlier this year stripped Dickinson Public Schools of its "fiscal agent" responsibility, citing a "stressed relationship."