Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Charter school back in original location

April 1, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood Virtual School has landed exactly where it began, inside Basehor-Linwood High School.

Again. For the third time.

This recent move marks the fifth time in the school's brief, six-year history that the virtual school has moved to a new location.

Virtual schools offer an alternative to the traditional public school system. Students -- home school, at risk or otherwise -- take classes, complete coursework and take tests on-line via the Internet.

Since its inception in 1998, the school has moved from various locations inside the school district.

It began at the high school, moved to the central office, went back to the high school then moved to a building at the corner of Leavenworth Road and 155th Street, where it was located for the last three years.

But, the virtual program's tenure there is over.

The two-story brick building is currently being refitted to house all sixth-grade students in the school district next year (see related story, Page 9A).

School officials said the virtual school's relocation into the high school is complete.

The program is now located inside the Inter Distance Learning room at the high school.

Virtual school director Brenda De Groot said she doesn't foresee any downside to the virtual school moving inside BLHS.

"I don't think there will be any negative impact at all," De Groot said. "It's a nice facility, we've been here before and there really isn't a downside.

"All of the moves we've made have never made a negative impact."

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