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February 26, 2014 - A resolution approved by the school board means $52 more for each Clarkston student.

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Feb. 24, to approve a Best Practices Incentive Resolution. To qualify, the district has to comply with at least seven of eight "best practice criteria," as established by the state. With 8,100 students, the incentive means $421,200 for the district.

The criteria includes medical benefit plan, competitive bid for grounds and snow removal, open-enrollment applicants received, postsecondary credit opportunities for high schoolers, online courses, website link to state internet sites, and physical education.

Clarkston Schools did not meet a criteria for electronic assessments, said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock.

"The district has chosen other technology priorities at this point," Rock said.

The state approved the incentive on a one-time-only basis, but has offered it before, the superintendent said.

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2014.

Phil Custodio

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