Board of Education considers virtual course guidelines

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By Donna
Williamson
Opelika Observer

The Opelika Board of Education received guidelines for Opelika City Schools’ virtual course procedures at its August meeting. According to Dr. Mark Neighbors, superintendent, 24 students have currently been approved to take some courses online.
The guidelines cite the numerous benefits of virtual schooling in terms of flexibility and program customizing. Students also assume increased responsibility in time management, organization, self-direction, and self-regulation. However, according to the guidelines, the virtual school option should not be utilized as the only pathway for a high school diploma. “I don’t believe the best education is sitting at home taking courses online,”  Neighbors said. “The virtual courses are a work in progress. These guidelines can be changed as the progress continues,” he added.
Board members also approved an agreement between the City of Opelika and Opelika City Schools which allows Opelika City Schools to use the city’s radio tower for bus communication.
In other business the school board:
Received information from Cynithia Landry, special education coordinator, on the 2014-2015 LEA Special Education Performance Profile for Opelika City Schools
Approved the 2016-2017 Student Code of Conduct for Opelika City Schools
Approved membership renewal for School Superintendents of Alabama
Considered a draft copy of the Revised Entrance Age Policy for Opelika City Schools. A copy will be sent to the Opelika Education Association for their review and input before a final vote is taken.
Heard a presentation from Jean Miller, assistant superintendent of curriculum, in reference to the K-2 standards based report cards
Received the monthly financial report from Chris Harrison, chief financial officer
Approved personnel recommendations of employment, transfers, resignations, retirements, and a leave of absence for Opelika City Schools.

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