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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 accounts with the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, according to an agreement reached Friday night. Representatives from the Greenfield School Committee and the … 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 July. Compensation for services was outlined in a memorandum of understanding, which expired today after … 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 Sanderson St. Virtual school Ever since the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School became autonomous last July, … 0

Opinions heard once more ahead of virtual school deadline

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GREENFIELD — Six people praised the Massachusetts Virtual Academy as the best fit for their children and four Greenfield residents expressed concerns about the school department’s cyber school future during a Greenfield School Committee public hearing Tuesday. The hearing took place two days before the committee will review … 0

Editorial: Old school costs

Friday, April 12, 2013

As futuristic as Greenfield’s experiment in the world of the “virtual” education may seem to some, there remain some very concrete aspects of this use of technology and the Internet that remain quite old school. Like the fact that education costs money. Thus, the Massachusetts Virtual Academy — … 0

Virtual school public hearing next week

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

GREENFIELD — Local residents will have an opportunity next week to pose comments and concerns about the school department’s plans to open a new state-authorized cyber school this July. The Greenfield School Committee will host a public hearing during a special meeting next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at … 0

Officials: Virtual school has cost town nothing

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy, the district’s 3-year-old cyber school, “hasn’t cost Greenfield a penny,” according to School Committee Chairman John Lunt. Every expense — the salaries of the school’s teachers, computers sent to students, curriculum run by for-profit company K12 and hours logged by Greenfield school … 0

Virtual school proposal taking shape

Saturday, April 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — The school district’s innovation subcommittee intends to apply for a five-year certificate for a new state-authorized virtual school that would use the Internet to serve as many as 1,750 students across the state by 2017. Subcommittee members Doris Doyle, John Lunt and Mayor William Martin met … 0

Board OKs Virtual school

Thursday, March 21, 2013

GREENFIELD — In a dramatic reversal from its vote just three weeks earlier, the Greenfield School Committee decided Thursday that it wanted to continue hosting a cyber school to help students across the state who say they struggle in brick-and-mortar schools. The committee voted 5-2 to draft a … 0

Virtual school’s fate will be decided tonight

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has a busy evening planned, as members will make a final decision tonight on the district’s virtual school future and look at next year’s budget. At its 6:30 p.m. meeting in the Greenfield High School library, the committee is expected to vote … 0

Tide turning toward virtual school

Friday, March 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — When Greenfield School Committee debates on Thursday whether to open a new state-authorized virtual school, it will be discussing a school that will be governed by a separate board, have its own budget and pay Greenfield administrators for their services. In the eyes of some committee … 0

Real chance for virtual school

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GREENFIELD — Exactly two weeks after the Greenfield School Committee chose to stop hosting a virtual school, new information from the state has compelled some members to reverse their decision. At a full committee meeting next week, the district’s innovation subcommittee will recommend that Greenfield continue operating a … 0

Will virtual school survive?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GREENFIELD — There may be a virtual school in Greenfield this fall after all. The district’s innovation subcommittee spent nearly two hours Wednesday discussing managerial, legal and financial questions about how to shape a theoretical proposal for a new state-run cyber school — which uses the Internet to … 0

Pressure on to keep virtual school

Monday, March 11, 2013

GREENFIELD — Local legislators said Monday that Greenfield could operate a state-run virtual school for one year — a temporary fix that would ensure that 470 students across the state would have a cyber school to attend next fall. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, … 0

Families fighting to save virtual school

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Through emails, Facebook posts and newspaper headlines, the message traveled fast but took longer to sink in for Massachusetts parents — who learned late last week that the cyber school their children attend would close its … 0