Informational meeting & sign-up for Morgan County Virtual School tonight in Decatur

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Morgan County school officials meet to learn how to run the new virtual school

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a meeting tonight in Decatur on a new virtual school opening up next month in Morgan County.

Tonight’s meeting is for parents of students who may qualify for it.

WHNT News 19 visited Priceville Elementary School to see the children hard at work learning at their traditional school.

Meanwhile, adults were hard at work learning how to run the new virtual school.  It’s due to open February 2 online.

“It will benefit the parents because they will receive free online resources to be able to use with their students,” said Anne Knowlton, Morgan County Schools Director of Elementary Programs.

She’s coordinating the pilot program for home-schooled students in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

“We have 25 places right now and seven are filled,” said Knowles.

Joining the virtual school will allow them to participate in Morgan County School District extracurricular activities.

The program will also include high school students already enrolled in a Morgan County school and who are interested in taking classes they can’t take now due to a schedule conflict.

“For both programs, we’re not going to charge anything,” said Morgan County School Superintendent Bill Hopkins.  “We’re going to provide everything free this time and hope to work out all the kinks.”

Hopkins said the virtual school could yield tangible dollars for home-schooled children who participate in the county district’s program.

“We’d then receive funds from the state for those students because we are then educating that student,” said Hopkins.

The information meeting tonight is at 6:00 p.m. at the Morgan County School Board office.

The address is 1325 Point Mallard Parkway in Decatur.

Limestone and Lawrence County educators are also working on plans for virtual schools.

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