Download the Podcast: Kim Ross
In the late 1990s, Superintendent Kim Ross began to take steps to address the challenge. He and the school board engaged the community in a strategic planning effort.
Houston’s strategy – led almost entirely by the local school district superintendent and his staff – was to create an online learning program to reach rural students (to boost enrollment locally) and in the process bring computers and broadband Internet to residents of its rural community. Today, as a state approved online school program, MNVA is the largest provider of online public education and one of the fastest growing public schools in Minnesota. Two-thirds of the students enrolled in the curriculum live outside the school district, generating a significant source of revenue.
Webinar is from Wednesday, December 9th, 2009.