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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 finalist pool changes slightly

Sunday, May 19, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will interview Tuesday seven finalists vying for spots on the town’s new cyber school’s governing board — but the pool has changed slightly with two late additions and two withdrawals. Attorney and former mayoral candidate Edward Berlin and Town Councilor Mark Maloni … 0

Cyber school updates

Sunday, May 5, 2013

GREENFIELD — A subcommittee will select finalists for Greenfield’s new cyber school’s board of trustees on Thursday. The school department’s proposal to transition its 3-year-old virtual innovation school into a state-authorized virtual school is being reviewed by state officials this month and next, ahead of a state vote … 0

Board OKs virtual school proposal

Thursday, April 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — After four hours of debate Thursday night, the Greenfield School Committee approved a 45-page proposal that outlined the school department’s plans to convert its 3-year-old cyber school into a new state-authorized virtual school. The School Committee needed to sign off on the document and send it … 0

Full school board to vote on virtual school plan

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

GREENFIELD — A subcommittee charged with drafting a proposal for a new state-authorized cyber school hopes to finish the 60-page document this morning, just hours before the full Greenfield School Committee needs to review and vote on it. After talking for nearly two hours Wednesday, the Innovation Subcommittee … 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