On Tuesday night the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Lisbon Public Schools and Valley City State University to be the first partner of their new Rural Partner School Benefit Program. The purpose of the program is to create dynamic and sustained partnership between the University and our k-12 school district. The focus will be on offering our students more dual credit opportunities and preparing future teachers while updating current LPS staff with graduate credit. We will collaborate to place VCSU graduates in our school while helping them supervise and assess preservice teachers in clinical experiences. VCSU will also offer reduced rates for tuition for those Lisbon faculty seeking Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching or Content Area Qualifications. Lastly, VCSU will reduce the tuition for our high school students taking dual credit coursework. We are currently working on expanding our dual credit offerings on our campus with VCSU. We are very excited about this partnership of collaboration between the Lisbon Public Schools and Valley City State University.