Virtual School

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance of this virtual school, which has declined … 1

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to serve on the seven-member board. Lunt served as the chairman of the Greenfield School Committee … 0

Greenfield virtual school honors first-ever graduate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — A competitive ice skater from Ludlow graduated from Greenfield’s virtual school last week, becoming the first student in Massachusetts to earn a high school degree from a public cyber school. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School held a private ceremony for Juliette Zielinski, 18, last Friday in Westfield. … 0

Virtual school looks to expand enrollment

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a new downtown space and independence from the Greenfield School Department, the town’s public virtual school is ready to grow and will look to enroll about 850 students next year. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at … 0

Greenfield schools’ involvement in virtual school nearing end

Monday, March 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — By month’s end, the Greenfield School Department will no longer be involved with the virtual school it helped create four years ago. After three years of running the school and eight months of serving as hired administration, the school department will spend March closing out its … 0

Virtual school and Greenfield schools consider 30-day transitional agreement

Friday, February 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is moving out on its own, and officials will work out an exit plan with the School Committee Thursday. Greenfield Public Schools has provided the Virtual School with administrative support since the Virtual School became autonomous last … 0

Greenfield school board to talk virtual school, superintendent transition

Thursday, February 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has called a special meeting tonight to consider what administrative services to sell to the town’s independent cyber school and to discuss plans for its superintendent transition. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s municipal offices at 20 … 0

Still no deal between Greenfield schools, virtual school

Friday, February 21, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School’s contract with the Greenfield School Department is set to terminate next Saturday, and the two sides still haven’t reached agreement on a new deal. The School Committee met in executive session … 0

State commissioner backs 2nd virtual school applicant

Friday, February 14, 2014

Greenfield’s now independent cyber school, the first in the state, will likely soon have some cyber competition. A collaborative in eastern Massachusetts now has the backing of state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester to open up the state’s second virtual school this fall. The Board of Elementary and Secondary … 0

Virtual school moving to Main Street

Sunday, January 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Less than two weeks after a deal with the Arts Block fell through, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has signed a lease to move into a second-floor space at 278 Main St., right above the office of attorney Mark E. Salomone. The 3,000-square-foot space — where … 0

2013 Mohawk field hockey season wiped out

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Confusion about the rules of the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has posthumously cost the Mohawk Trail Regional High School field hockey team its 2013 season. Due to an ineligible player, the Warriors were forced to forfeit all but two games of their 2013 season, which included a trip … 1

Space troubles for virtual school

Sunday, January 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School officials had hoped to start the year by moving into the top floor of the Arts Block in downtown Greenfield. But complications with the space have thwarted that move. School trustees Chairman … 0

Greenfield virtual school moving downtown

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School plans to begin 2014 in a new downtown venue: the top floor of the Arts Block. The new 3,000-square-foot space, which takes up the whole top floor of the Arts Block, … 0

Cyber school board gives 90-day notice to Greenfield

Thursday, November 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — The town’s independent public cyber school has asked the Greenfield School Department to either reduce the amount of contracted administrative services or sever the agreement completely by March. The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School agreed last summer to pay the school department 7.5 percent of its student … 0

Virtual school trustees ready to move on

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

GREENFIELD — Trustees from the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School do not plan on contracting with Greenfield School Department for administrative services next academic year. The now-independent cyber school got its start three years ago as a branch of the town’s public school system, which provided administrative services even … 0