Baldwin City a Step Closer to Being Home of Virtual School

For a while now, the board of the Baldwin public school district (USD 348) has been thinking about opening the door to a virtual school. The Baldwin City Signal provides the latest. Not much has changed, but the district is moving forward.

In its December 11 meeting, the board unanimously affirmed its desire to continue. It “locks the school board in a commercial transaction with Insight Schools, but it still allows the board a chance to walk away if the contract doesn’t meet its requirements.”

Commercial contracts can go wrong, if one of the parties fails in its obligations, or if the contract itself is inadequate. The president of the local board says that Insight has provided solid answers to every question posed.

One board member summarizes the benefits to the school district: “There are three key benefits that I can see for us: The chance to bring some extra money into the district, which can be used to enhance opportunities for our kids, the chance to offer some exciting new classes to our high school students, which are classes which we simply could not afford to offer otherwise and the chance to be seen as an innovative educational leader in the state, which could enhance our ability to recruit exceptional new personnel.”

Of even more importance is the fact that some students will benefit, both in the Baldwin City district and across the state, should the deal go through and Insight get established.

Source: Board makes virtual school committment, Baldwin City Signal, December 14

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