School district approves MOU for blended schools

The Ridgway Area School District approved a memorandum of understanding [MOU] for the Ridgway Virtual Academy during their regular school board meeting last night.Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien took the time to explain the importance of blended schools in the district."Within the last two years, the state decided they were going to change how they coded students who did not graduate from high school," O'Brien said. "When children enter high school, their class for some reason, the state feels they are chained to that class and now those students have no option of falling back due to illness or some kind of family catastrophe. When a child, for whatever reason, falls back into the next class they can never be coded as a graduate, that is an extremely unfair and prejudicial policy that the state has instituted. The state has handicapped public education so they can code us as a failing school district and this can be helped through our virtual academy."O'Brien noted that the school board was given a presentation on the virtual academy.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway Area School DistrictRegular board meetingTuesday, Sept. 136:30 p.m.Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School