School Board hears about new Natchitoches Virtual Academy

Christie Irchirl presented information to the Natchitoches Parish School Board at its May 6 meeting about the Natchitoches Virtual Academy, which the district plans to start up for the next school year.

The motto is to connect, customize and complete.  This means connecting the home based school with the virtual instruction to customize their learning, their location and their ability and completing grade progression and high school credit for students in Natchitoches Parish.

Three programs under the NVA umbrella:

Full time virtual- selective admissions for self motivated students with proof of/maintaining at least C average, attendance, and proof of access to high speed internet. Students must agree to stay in the program for at least one semester.

Accelerated learning- This program is still in the works. This would be a one class per semester program in addition to their traditional course load. The student would have to have teacher and principal recommendations to participate. Full-time face to face and full-time virtual students will be eligible to participate in this option.

Short term virtual- This program would be tailored to students who have been placed in the virtual program for reasons including medical issues, expulsion or IEP process or for other reasons.

At the board’s April 6 meeting Superintendent Grant Eloi gave the board a heads up that the NVA would be coming up as an agenda item. He said there’s a need for a virtual schooling option

Creating this program for Natchitoches Parish would help students who are homebound, students who are expelled, students who are behind in their coursework, students who want to accelerate because maybe they are working toward an associate’s degree and they want to get ahead on a class that they think they can do online, and then also students who have a true hardship.

Board members recognized the NCHS Lady Chief’s softball team for their season accomplishments

NCHS Lady Chiefs softbal

Dr. Grant Eloi and the Board honored Keara Nelson and Lisa Bellow for the opportunity to present Keara’s painting to State Superintendent, Cade Brumley at last month’s BESE meeting.

NSPB Keara Nelson and Lisa Bellow

Other agenda items included:

Approve summer school pay increase for school food service workers and managers for summer 2021 only
Approve school board member and superintendent travel to Southern Region Conference in Mississippi
Approve one-time employee COVID compensation, pending LDOE budget approval
Approve C.I.R. teacher recruitment stipend, pending LDOE budget approval

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