‘Virtual’ classes added for select few at Jefferson West school district
by Clarke Davis
Incorporating “virtual” classes taught over the Internet into the curriculum was discussed when the Jefferson West school board met March 12.
Superintendent Pat Happer said the district will contract the service through Greenbush, a southeastern Kansas service center.
“We need to have the service available in our district for a limited number of students,” he said.
First is the high school dropout. This person, according to the superintendent, leaves school but finds that they still must pursue an education. Currently, a dropout has to go to another school district to access online courses for credit, but now the service will be available through Jefferson West.
Another student who will gain advantage is someone attending Washburn Tech. Most of these students can get three credit hours at WT and three more back at the high school. However, because of scheduling and transportation they lose an hour. Now they will be able to take this online class to gain a credit.
The board extended additional one-year contracts to Rhonda Frakes, high school principal, and John Hamon, middle school principal. They are on multiple-year contracts good through 2014. A one-year contract was offered to Wes Sturgeon to continue as elementary principal. Salaries will be determined at a later date.
The board voted to make improvements to the baseball concession stand and restrooms at Ozawkie and have received an offer for free labor from some district patrons.
Sod will be laid soon on the football field following preparation. The cost for sod from Kansas Turf will run $10,800 and maintenance and chemical applications will add $6,000.
An offer to sell land was put before the board. Members were informed that 9 1/2 acres to the east of the high school are being offered for sale priced at $97,000 by owner Bill Bradford. The board took no action.
The cost to advertise with a banner at the ballfield will be $125 for businesses and $75 for nonprofits.
The board was advised that the Spanish class, taught by Sara Becker, will take a trip to Spain the summer of 2013. The school district does not sponsor the trip and the board took no action.
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