$1.5M grant will create virtual schools for Onslow Co. military-connected students

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In Onslow County, schools received a one and a half million dollar grant to create virtual schools for military-connected students.

The virtual high school will allow them to complete courses regardless of relocation.

The grant will be distributed over a five-year period.

“The funding provides a half-time project director that will be running our virtual academy and also allow us access to a content management system that allows us to purchase virtual courses,” said Dr. Beth Folger, deputy superintendent Onslow County Schools.

Forty percent of the county’s students are military connected.

The county hopes to develop a program in the future that will benefit homeschooled military children as well.

The pilot program begins next spring and by fall 2017. Officials said nearly 200 students will be enrolled.

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