Southeast Kansas School District Expands Online Educational Programs

GIRARD, KS.--- A Southeast Kansas school district is expanding its online educational programs. The Pittsburg School District has partnered with Greenbush Educational Services in Girard to offer a virtual school for kindergarten through 12th grade. The students would learn from their homes with teachers online based out of Greenbush.

District officials say they have been losing substantial state funding by not offering the program. The state gives school districts almost $4,000 per student. So, USD 250 was not getting funding for the 42 students attending virtual programs outside of the area.

"When we enroll a student before the September 20th count date, Greenbush will bill us $2,000 for their services, but then we are able to keep that other money," said Dr. Brian Biermann, USD 250 Assistant Superintendent.

The Kansas State Department of Education has approved Pittsburg's virtual school program, meaning the expansion is now official.

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