Eau Claire School Board approves dual language immersion program

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Students in the Eau Claire area may be learning Spanish as a part of their everyday routine. 

Monday, the Eau Claire Area School District Board voted unanimously to accept the next step of the Dual Language Immersion Program. 

The program is meant for K-5 students. The idea is to go through regular classes learning in both English and Spanish. It’ll cost $4,000 from the school district budget this year, and more then $10,000 next year. 

Eau Claire Area School District Board President Joe Luginbill said planning will continue through this school year. "What they are really about is setting up your students to be global learners and really have a global community. And at the end of the day that really prepares our students for the 21st century work force, and economy and the world out there," Luginbill told News 18. 

More professional development and curriculum writing research is now in the works. The immersion program could start hitting classrooms in the fall of 2019. 

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