With four charter schools, four public schools and two alternative programs, Ripon Area School District is officially adding another school.

   This one, however, doesn’t reside within a brick and mortar building. It’s online.

   With the Ripon Area School Board’s unanimous approval Monday night for Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning’s student handbook and contract, the virtual school soon will be an established school.

   “We can officially apply to be a school district that’s recognized within the state of Wisconsin, and we will actually receive a school identification number to begin the 2019-20 school year,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said.

   The district created the virtual school after receiving a $900,000, five-year virtual school planning grant in June.

   Once set up, the school will have two types of classes: synchronous and asynchronous.

Read the full story in the Dec. 20, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.