257 puts Crossroads virtual program in its crosshairs

Alternative learning program will be revamped with name change, move to high school and attendance requirements. Tech school participation may be required.

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April 28, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Scott Carson, Iola High School assistant principal who will be principal in the fall, talks about changes to the Crossroads alternative learning program. Photo by ZOOM SCREENSHOT

The recent foray into online learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic has taught parents and students something USD 257 administrators have known for awhile: virtual learning has its downside.

Citing decreased graduation rates since 2006, administrators asked the school board to consider major changes to the Crossroads virtual education program. The program’s name will be changed (to be determined) and the school will move to Iola High School, where students will be required to attend at least 10 hours each week and meet with teachers and paraprofessionals on a regular basis. 

“It’s been a struggle every year to get those kids to do the work and graduate,” said Scott Carson, assistant Iola High School principal. Carson will take the reins as principal for the next school year.

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