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Teachers, officials working on online program in Hancock County

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 12:09 AM EDT

WTOV9.com
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. - If you want online schooling, there is really only one county out of the 55 in West Virginia that will offer it this coming school year.
It's Hancock County, and it's being designed behind the doors at the Rockefeller Center where a collaboration of teachers from Oak Glen and Weir are working on the future of Hancock County Schools in a computer lab.
"I think it is safe to say that we are all very excited to be a part of this, especially the first online academy in West Virginia," Hancock County Schools English Teacher Vince McIntosh said. "It's exciting in general. It's great to be a part of something that could change the future of education in West Virginia."
Hancock Online, as its being called, is just starting to come together. Since school let out, teachers and other officials have been developing modules, designing courses and rewriting policies. They hope to have it ready by the second trimester of the upcoming school year.
Many of the individuals working on the project acknowledge that they'll put in a lot of time, and there will be some hiccups, but they are motivated by the fact that their success could mean big changes throughout the Mountain State.
"That model that we are using could be used throughout the state," McIntosh said. "Others could elect to do their own. It is so brand new that there is a lot of wait-and-see involved."
The Hancock County will be the pilot program for the state of West Virginia. The Department of Education will continue to monitor their progress as they continue to move forward online.  


Teachers, officials working on online program in Hancock County


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