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Students Petition Closing Of Springmill Learning Center

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/16/2014

With the imminent closing of school buildings in the Mansfield School District on the horizon, the board of education is looking into online learning as a possibility for students.

The board observed a presentation on establishing a district online school Tuesday evening, that would offer additional benefits for students outside of the physical classroom.

Virtual Learning Network Partners provide customized virtual academies for public school systems in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Senior Creative Services Consultant Jamie Barringer gave the presentation to the board and says the online academy would provide extra opportunities to students, such as credit recovery, enrichment opportunities and AP courses.

The board would not address the potential closing of buildings in the district, but a pair of 10-year-old students shared their displeasure for the probable shutdown of Springmill Learning Center.

Isiah Meyers and Dillon Nicholson assert that closing the innovative facility would be a huge mistake because it offers non-traditional methods for students who learn better with hands-on materials.

The duo have even started a petition to keep Springmill Learning Center open, which already has over 575 signatures. They are seeking over 1,000 signatures from students in the district before presenting it to the school board for consideration.

   
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