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Wausau School District virtual school program to start next school yearSubmitted: 02/27/2015

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WAUSAU - Students in Wausau will be able to go to school online next school year.

The Wausau School District is working on a virtual school program. The program, named Wausau Area Virtual Education, is for sixth through 12th graders.

The district hopes the new program will help attract some of the students who left in recent years through the open enrollment system. The district loses funding for every student who uses ope enrolls to enroll in school outside the district.

"About half of the money that we would traditionally get for a student goes with them to the other district," explains Thom Hahn, Director of Secondary Education. "Every student that open-enrolls out, that portion of the money that comes from the state goes with that student. By bringing them back to the district, that money comes back."

The district thinks the online school will also benefit students because they will be able to participate in extra-curricular activities even if they attend classes online. Online students can also get help from teachers in person.

"Through Wisconsin Virtual School they have a teacher," says Hahn. "But the district will provide a local education guide--someone that would check in with the students and make sure things are going well. Make sure if there are any problems, we can work together to solve them and keep the student on track."

Anyone interested in the online program should contact the district.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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