Pasco eSchool on the move
Crammed into some office space at Sunlake High School last year, Pasco eSchool has moved to spacier digs for the new school year.
The district's virtual program, which served more than 2,000 students during 2009-10, has taken over five portable classrooms at Mitchell High School in Trinity, principal Joanne Glenn tells the Gradebook. The new location will allow eSchool to have space for administration, counseling, conferences and, for the first time, occasional face-to-face classes.
Glenn said having students come to school irregularly will enhance the program. A recent survey showed 88.9 percent of students said the quality of their eSchool courses was the same or better than their traditional high school courses.
In another new change for eSchool, Glenn traded the use of about 40 part-time teachers for 10 full-time teachers, who will work only in the virtual classes. Glenn said she tried to hire teachers with multiple certifications, and she hopes to have every high school core course covered in order to help with class size compliance as needs arise.
The district has yet to conclude its eSchool teacher pay schedule, but it is expected to be a performance pay model.