Coos Bay's homeschool students may be able to attend online classes through the district's own program in September.
At a special meeting Saturday, the school board will consider a contract with Oregon Virtual Academy to offer online classes to homeschoolers in grades K-8.
The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave.
Currently, Coos Bay homeschool students who want to take online classes must do it through charter schools.
About 40 students attend Oregon Connections Academy, which is based in Scio and open to all Oregon students.
Another 20 attend Oregon Virtual Academy, offered through the North Bend school district and also open to all Oregon students.
Its own classes
The board is considering contracting with Oregon Virtual Academy to offer its own online classes.
'This will not be a charter school," said Coos Bay superintendent Bob De La Vergne.
'This is a program that is another way to meet the needs of a targeted group of kids."
Whether students choose Coos Bay's program or another, it won't make much financial difference to the school, De La Vergne said.
The amount of state funding per student fluctuates, he explained.
Little money impact
'Say we're getting $6,000 from the state for each student."
If a K-8 student goes to a charter school, the state would give 80 percent of that grant to the charter school, or $4,800.
Under the proposed program, Coos Bay would pay $4,400 to ORVA.
'There are some indirect costs, so it'd be a wash," De La Vergne said.
The board must make some bureaucratic changes to establish the program, but no changes in staffing will be needed.
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