Connellsville Board to Vote Tonight on Cyber School Plan
Kroeger, Judy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Connellsville Area School Board will vote tonight on whether the district will establish its own cyber school through a consortium with Intermediate Unit I.
Directors heard details of the proposal from curriculum director Tammy Stern at a work session Monday.
Stern said the district could save money by establishing the cyber school.
She said 165 students attend cyber school, at a reimbursement loss of $1.65 million annually, or $10,000 per student. The consortium would cost $20,000 over three years, plus $2,300 per student for equipment, Internet and support.
Director Paul Wandel, head of the curriculum committee, said that if the district establishes its own cyber school, students could participate in extracurricular activities and graduation exercises and receive a diploma rather than a certificate of completion.
If directors choose to join the consortium, the intermediate unit must receive a commitment letter by March 1.
To prepare Connellsville Area High School students for the Keystone Exams, Stern suggested several changes. …