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Virtual school may be offered in Ellsworth in future

Could there someday be students attending Ellsworth schools who never set foot in any of the district's buildings?

This was just one of the issues pondered when the possibility of offering a virtual school in the future was presented to the local school board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain said school officials aren't ready yet to make a recommendation, but the prospect is worth considering.

"We might be able to reach some people we may not be reaching now," Cain said.

Economics is a factor in proposing a program here in which students would rely on computer online access, he told the board. Although some funding could be realized from participants in the local offering, there would be costs as well. Still, the availability could open up scheduling.

Nonetheless, there are concerns to be addressed, the superintendent said. If a student attends via online all the time, would he or she be eligible to be valedictorian upon graduation? Likewise, would that student be eligible for involvement in sports?

Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 15.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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