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State Board of Education Learns More About a County Cyber School

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September 11, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday learned how Hancock County Schools is developing new ways of reaching and teaching students through technology. County teachers are currently developing classes for the Hancock County Cyber Academy.

The Hancock County Cyber Academy can be used by students for credit recovery, alternative learning, summer school and to remedy class scheduling conflicts.

"Too often our county was losing student population to border states like Pennsylvania because its state school system offered cyber classes," said Suzan Smith, Hancock County Schools superintendent. "Now, thanks to a Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation grant, we are able to compete and offer classes online."

"The state board is dedicated to finding ways students can learn anytime from anywhere," said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. "The Hancock County Cyber Academy is another example of how the educational community is reimagining instructional time for the benefit of students."

The county system received a 120 thousand dollar Benedum grant for the first year of the three year program. It is expected that the foundation will fund the two remaining years as well.

Eleven Hancock County teachers have started developing classes for required courses and will begin developing elective courses next year. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will review the course materials with an expected launch date of the Hancock County Cyber Academy in November 2014.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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