DALEVILLE — The Daleville Community Schools board voted unanimously and without comment in favor of an agreement to close two troubled online schools for which it is authorized.
Under the agreement approved Monday by the boards of the two schools, Indiana Virtual School will close Sept. 30, and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy will close at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Virtual school officials were not present at the meeting.
Daleville Superintendent Paul Garrison said in a prepared statement that the district’s primary concern was to do what was in the best interests of students.
“We still believe there is a place for virtual schools and a student population they can serve,” he said. “And we hope because of the attention drawn to this unfortunate situation, essential change will be initiated at the legislative level regarding the authority and access given to the authorized in the operation and oversight of charter schools.”
The virtual schools, which serve students statewide, are being closed because of Daleville officials’ belief as their authorizer that there were irregularities with their enrollments and graduation rates. Officials also were concerned about failure to comply with requirements for annual audits, standardized testing and special education. IVS was established in 2012, the first year in which online K-12 schools were allowed in Indiana. IVPA was established in 2017 to provide vocational training and enhanced special education interventions.
The most recent combined enrollment for the schools was about 7,200.
IVA students will be allowed to transfer to IVPA, but new enrollments will not be accepted. Daleville officials said aside from the closure of the schools, the resolution agreement ensures stronger oversight in the remaining year at IVPA, the maintenance of acceptable student-teacher ratios and proof officials are monitoring student progress at regular intervals.
“Because it provides a greater access to charter data, this agreement allows Daleville to hold the charters to a level of accountability that far surpasses the state requirements, as well as what the revocation closure protocols would have demanded,” Garrison said. “We believe this will be essential in providing appropriate services to virtual charter students in these final months of operation.”
According to the statement, Daleville is committed to transparency in the closure process and will update all public documents on its website as they become available.