West Virginia’s Virtual School to be Highlighted in National Virtual Town Hall Meeting

September 25, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will take part in a national Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 25, at 3:30 p.m. at Wayne Middle School. The town hall meeting, moderated by acting Deputy Secretary of Education Eugene Hickok in Washington, D.C., will highlight rural education initiatives across the country.  

WVDE will highlight its Virtual School, which provides Internet-based courses in reading and language arts, math, science and social studies as well as fine arts, foreign languages, health, Advanced Placement and gifted classes for students in rural areas.  

“West Virginia’s Virtual School has the capability to reach all students in West Virginia, no matter where they live,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “This is just one way West Virginia is making strides in leaving no child behind.”  

West Virginia is one of four states whose program will be highlighted during this national meeting. Programs in Iowa, Montana and New Mexico will also be discussed during the town hall meeting.  

“Technology has always played an important role in the education of our students,” said Stewart. “Having a virtual school such as ours allows us to accommodate students who want to participate in classes that may otherwise not be available to them.”  

The event also will be webcasted live at www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=17351 which will allow school officials from across the country to learn more about how their colleagues who are using technology to achieve the goals and requirements of the law. In addition, the program will be broadcasted live via satellite for schools/sites with downlink capabilities. The coordinates are:  

KU-Band/SBS-6 Transponder-5 Location: 74 degrees west longitude Polarity: Horizontal Receive Frequency: 11823 MHZ Audio: 6.2 & 6.8 MHZ  

The event is being organized by the Secretary of Education’s Rural Education Task Force, which Secretary Rod Paige established in April to help identify challenges faced by the states and school districts and to work on finding solutions. For more information about the Task Force, visit www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ods/index.html.  

For more information regarding West Virginia’s Virtual School program, contact Donna Miller, Coordinator, Office of Instructional Technology, at (304) 558-0304, or visit http://virtualschool.k12.wv.us/vschool/.

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