Concerned about seven seniors who were in danger of not being able to graduate with their peers, Larry Ukestad, principal of Jamestown High School in Jamestown, developed the Alternative Senior Graduation Program. Held in the school's vocational center, the program requires each student to sign a contract listing expectations and consequences. These students then work with part-time vocational teachers to improve their academic performance. In the first year of the program, all seven seniors graduated with their classmates and another seven graduated in the program's second year. In addition to his duties as principal, Mr. Ukestad serves on a state task force reviewing current discipline guidelines for special education.
1966 Valley City State University, B.S.