Kew cy­ber school ap­proved by school board

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

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Chel­tenham stu­dents en­rolled in cy­ber-char­ter schools will have a new op­tion within the school dis­trictK qhe Chel­tenham Board of pchool airec­tors ap­proved sir­tual iearn­ing ket­work mart­ners for on­line in­struc­tion for cy­ber stu­dents March NOK

“f want th­ese stu­dents to have a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity in what to­day is a sub-stan­dard ed­u­ca­tion,” board sice mres­i­dent games Butt saidK “f wish th­ese stu­dents would be part of our pro­gram hereK”

qhe new pro­gram would pro­vide on­line in­struc­tion through the “school in a box” pro­gram with sik mart­ners, board mem­ber gulie Hay­wood saidK fn ad­di­tion to the on­line cur­ricu­lum cre­ated by the school district, cy­ber stu­dents would also re­ceive a Chel­tenham High pchool di­ploma at the end of the pro­gram and be able to par­tic­i­pate in the district’s ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­tiesK Hay­wood said the pro­gram would save the district money since ANKN mil­lion dol­lars is spent each year on nondis­trict cy­ber-char­ter schoolsK

“, unGHUVWDnG WhH finDnFLDO rea­son for go­ing this way,” board mem­ber Marc iieber­son said, “but not at the ex- pense of stu­dent ed­u­ca­tionK KKK ft should be done in­de­pen­dent of our dis­trictK”

Hay­wood said be­fore the ed­u­ca­tional af­fairs com­mit­tee de­cided on sik mart­ners it went to nearby school dis­tricts us­ing the com­pany to pro­vide on­line in­struc­tionK phe said rp­per Moreland, mottstown, rp­per aublin and Ben­salem were just some of the dis­tricts ap­plied to for in­for­ma­tionK qhey came back with mixed re­sults, although, she said, they found it bet­ter than many of the other cy­ber pro­gramsK qhe pro­gram will cost ANS,TRM per year, plus ad­di­tional costs per stu­dentK Cur­rently there are more than RM stu­dents en­rolled as cy­ber­char­ter stu­dents in the dis­trictK

“f’m very pleased we found a provider,” board mem­ber kapoleon kel­son saidK “te need this to help keep us in touch with the learn­ing of the fu­tureK f am in sup­port of thisK”

qhe board ap­proved sik mart­ners R-O, with iieber­son and board mres­i­dent qina siletto cast­ing the nay votesK qhe new cy­ber pro­gram will start in peptem­ber OMNP and there will be par­ent in­for­ma­tion ses­sions through­out the springK Ad­di­tion­ally, kel­son said the district will be cus­tomiz­ing the cur­ricu­lum through­out the spring and sum­merK

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