Hoopeston installs virtual classroom program
HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school district has a new virtual classroom program to help high school students recover lost credits.
The program is funded with grants through the Regional Office of Education and Project Success, according to high school Principal Hank Hornbeck.
"This is a process students can go through online to recover credits for graduation," Hornbeck said.
Many area high schools are getting subscriptions to the program to help students in this way he said, adding, "This would probably help our graduation statistics."
The virtual classroom subscription costs $400 a year. The program allows multiple students to take a class on the same subscription. Online classes can be in history, science, English, or math, depending on the need. According to Hornbeck, Hoopeston has one student now trying to recover credits to graduate, and the program would definitely benefit this student.
The virtual classroom would also be very beneficial to homebound students, Hornbeck said.
"(It) is well worth the money to help the students," he said.
In other business last week, Hornbeck said the physical education waiver for juniors and seniors has been accepted by the state. This allows students to waive participation in PE in order to attend college or pick up extra classes needed for high school graduation.
DanvilleAreaCommunity College President Alice Jacobs, Dave Harby, vice chairman of the board of trustees, and trustee Dr. Jim Tucker were guest speakers at the school board meeting.
Jacobs gave a brief history of Hoopeston's involvement with the dual enrollment programs. It has been very beneficial to Hoopeston students, she said. Dual enrollment credits are placed in the high school transcript records and, concurrently, in DACC transcripts, she said, with many transferable to four-year colleges.
The College Express is another dual enrollment program that offers job skills that are required by local and national employers. The Career and Technical program gives a career skill as well as college credits to participants without paying for the credits.
"If families had to pay for the college classes (in dual enrollment), it would cost over $52,000," Jacobs said. The dual enrollment helps many students receive a college education that families could not afford, she added.
Although many junior and senior students have taken advantage of the dual enrollment for college degree courses at DACC, the College Express program will see its first student from Hoopeston this fall, Jacobs said.
Also, the school board approved the resignations of Kathy Marlatt, Honeywell fourth grade teacher; Jean Drollinger, lunchroom worker; Don Gaffney, bus driver; all retiring at the end of the school year; and Melissa Myers, Maple personal aide.
Extra curricular assignments in coaching were made to Joe Davis as head high school wrestling coach and Lee Cox as assistant wrestling coach.